Tonight for the first time I heard of Carrier IQ and apparently by not having heard of it I live in 1995. Depending on who you are and what platform you're on I guess depends on what you think about it. I've read it as spyware and I've read it as just 'meh'.
Based on what I have found it tracks information about how you use the phone and sends it back to the phone manufacture. Anything privacy based has the potential to be VERY debated and heated debated. Right now I am not looking for opinions I just want facts...what is it and what does it do? The research I have found comes back with very opinionated articles. I don't want opinions I want facts.
Can anybody help me please?
- 04-03-2014, 11:22 PM #2
Here's another short thread where we touched on it: Carrier IQ: Should I be worried about it?
Long story short, you're exactly right it's collecting information that is intended to provide a snapshot of what was going on with your device when you had performance issues. Those issues could be lag, crashes, slow connectivity, etc, etc. The drama comes about primarily because it is hidden and often not easy to disable or remove, and because a few years ago it was discovered that despite the company saying they do not use it as spyware, that it did have the functionality to function as a keylogger as well as to transmit the contents of personal correspondence. It's been out of the news for quite awhile, but in the US, if you're buying or have purchased a phone from Spring, AT&T, T-Mobile or their affiliates and it's not a Nexus, it probably has it. Verizon doesn't use them because it has their own software that keeps it in-house and Google doesn't allow it on Nexus devices.
So is it only Android that has this? I read back in 2011 Joe from Microsoft said Windows Phone does not have it but that was 2011....
- 04-03-2014, 11:32 PM #4
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