NEWS1 February 2012

Carrier IQ row prompts draft legislation on mobile privacy

Government North America

US— Draft legislation to force companies to disclose when and if tracking software is installed on mobile devices has been published in the wake of the furore that erupted around Carrier IQ last year.

Congressman Ed Markey (pictured) says the Mobile Device Privacy Act would also require companies to get the express consent of phone users before monitoring begins. A copy of the draft legislation can be found here.

Markey says: “Consumers have the right to know and to say no to the presence of software on their mobile devices that can collect and transmit their personal and sensitive information.”

In publishing the draft, Markey referred to Carrier IQ, whose software has been accused of logging button presses, the contents of text messages and the addresses of websites visited by users – all without their permission.

The company has denied recording any of this information, stating on numerous occasions that its software only measures and summarises the performance of mobile devices.

Markey asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Carrier IQ’s software in December.



9 years ago

As many have stated, this might not be the complete solution to the problem of services like Carrier IQ, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. It's great that lawmakers are creating legislation intended to give more visibility to the consumer. Sarah Mosaic Technology

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9 years ago

Sprint is now going with Smith Micro. Trevor Eckhart has a back room affiliation with them. He will be subpenaed to court and dissected, then arrested for corporate espionage! Verizon and Apple have products that do exactly the same thing. So really nothing has changed, not that I felt Carrier IQ was spyware. It was not implemented properly by HTC. Trevor's days are numbered now that they know about the lies. He better find a deep hole ti hide in!

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