It’s amazing how much data our cell phones provide to so many different parties.
As we noted in several stories in the past few weeks, Carrier IQ software is installed on more than 140 million phones, including various Androids and iPhones, although Apple says it is in the process of stripping it out. Carrier IQ, handset manufacturers and wireless service providers have said the software is used only for diagnostic information to improve service, and that it is not used to record keystrokes or read users’ messages. However, the companies have faced questions from Sen. Al Franken D-MN and class-action lawsuits. How much data Carrier IQ collects from smartphones and what happens to it have not been fully answered, and the FBI’s statement does not clarify whether it is investigating Carrier IQ to determine if its software violates any federal laws, or if it is using data from Carrier IQ for other investigations.