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EFF offers to defend Carrier-IQ whistle blower from legal action

EFF offers to defend Carrier-IQ whistle blower from legal action

Privacy is very important to most of us in the tech world. We don’t want carriers following our every step online or in the real world. One Android user gong by the name TrevE discovered a violation for the Android user's privacy being conducted by the Carrier-IQ tracking software a while back. The user then went on to warn all the other Android users out there what he had found.

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Carrier IQ controversy prompts new disclosure bill

Carrier IQ controversy prompts new disclosure bill

Following the Carrier IQ controversy over its data tracking software on mobile devices, new legislation is being proposed that would require both wireless carriers and mobile device manufacturers to disclose of any monitoring software. Rep. Ed Markey drafted the new mobile privacy bill, which would place the Federal Trade Commission in charge of making sure mobile companies comply.

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HTC stripping Carrier IQ from CDMA phones this month

HTC stripping Carrier IQ from CDMA phones this month

HTC has confirmed that it is removing any lingering trace of Carrier IQ from its CDMA handsets, including the HTC EVO 3D, as it moves to address the PR nightmare of the usage-tracking system. Furore over Carrier IQ broke late last year, when it was suggested by privacy advocates that some carriers and device manufacturers were preloading tracking software that periodically sent back user-information.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 50 2011

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 50 2011

Welcome to the SlashGear Week in Review for week 50, which means we only have two weeks left in 2011! As usual, a lot has happened this week. HP had a fire sale for more TouchPads on eBay and sold out in minutes. The TouchPads sold for $99 for the 16GB versions and $149 for the 32GB with stock selling out in minutes. We learned early in the week that a pair of drunken RIM executives were placed in cuffs during a commercial flight after they got drunk and caused trouble. The pair of execs later escaped from those cuffs by chewing through them.

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Carrier IQ on millions of phones admit US operators

Carrier IQ on millions of phones admit US operators

The saga of Carrier IQ and its tracking software installed on untold numbers of mobile phones on carriers in the US continues. Senator Al Franken started his investigation into carriers by sending out letters demanding to know what major wireless carriers were using the software for, how many handsets had the software, and what was done with the data. Some responses have returned and the number of handsets running the software is scary.

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Carrier IQ meets with FTC and FCC over rumored inquiry

Carrier IQ meets with FTC and FCC over rumored inquiry

Carrier IQ has been questioned by the FTC and the FCC this week over allegations of data privacy transgressions, though the analytics company insists the meetings were at its own behest. News of the meetings was broken by the Washington Post, but Carrier IQ quickly responded by pointing out no official investigation has been undertaken - as far as it knows - in a statement to AllThingsD; "CarrierIQ sought meetings with the FTC and FCC" the company says, "to educate the two agencies about the functionality of its software and answer any and all questions."

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Carrier IQ admits SMS log bug in data collection FAQ

Carrier IQ admits SMS log bug in data collection FAQ

Carrier IQ has admitted that its cellphone monitoring software contains an SMS bug that can inadvertently collect text message data, though the company says such accidental records are "not human readable." Detailed in a comprehensive Carrier IQ FAQ document supplied to SlashGear - and which you can read after the cut - the bug only exists in embedded versions of the service tracking software, and the company says it has already released an updated version that addresses the issue.

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Google’s Schmidt: Carrier IQ is unacceptable keylogger

Google’s Schmidt: Carrier IQ is unacceptable keylogger

Carrier IQ has been in the headlines in a very bad way over recent weeks. The company makes software that tracks the usage of users on smartphones and logs keystrokes. The software is the center of wiretapping suits and the FTC has been called on to investigate the company. Google's Eric Schmidt was on hand at a conference on internet freedom that the search giant was hosting and spoke about condemning Carrier IQ.

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Conflict Materials in my smartphone? Hope for Congo says yes

Conflict Materials in my smartphone? Hope for Congo says yes

It's a risky business you enter in when you purchase a product, and not just when you're rolling with NIKE with their child labor-made shoes or that lovely diamond you've got around your neck mined by an enslaved people in Africa - what we're now to understand is that its possible, though not confirmed, that the vast majority of the top-name manufacturers your gadgets come from are involved in, in one way or another, the "conflict materials" trade. You may know this term from the movie Blood Diamond, released a few years ago starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Djimon Hounsou, or Kanye West's song "Diamonds" from right around the same time as the release of that movie - the absolutely evil conditions you saw or heard in those bits of media are very likely continuing through to the bits that make up your favorite MP3 player, speakers, and tablets you're using right this second.

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