Dec 112011

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Dec 062011

Mashable has an excellent summary of CarrierIQ, including what it is and why there is an uproar about it.  The even more summarized version is that CarrierIQ, software made by a company by the same name, runs in the background of many smart phones and tablets tracking performance and relaying that information to the wireless carrier.  The initial controversy flared up when a researcher, Trevor Eckhart, noticed CarrierIQ and what it was doing and wrote a paper questioning whether what it was doing was acceptable, and then the company threatened him with a lawsuit to keep him quiet.  Thanks to the intervention of the EFF, that situation resolved.  But we are still left with the basic questions of is what CarrierIQ doing in any way ok, legally or otherwise.   Continue reading »