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Report: Google’s Schmidt Condemns Carrier IQ
Last Updated on Thursday, 8 March 2012 11:43 Written by Celframe Security Team Friday, 9 March 2012 05:41
Google chairman Eric Schmidt has joined the angry chorus of of Carrier IQ critics in condemning the beleagured diagnostic software.
“Android is an open platform which means people can make software for it that’s not very good for you,” Schmidt told journalists and democracy activists at the Freedom Online conference at the Hague, Netherlands, according to The Telegraph.
“This [Carrier IQ] appears to be one [such case]," he added. (Of course, Android malware is probably a better example…)
In separate remarks, Schmidt also said “We certainly don’t work with them” and “We certainly don’t support it.”
Last month, Carrier IQ's diagnostic software was discovered in Android (and later, in iOS) devices to be tracking how you use your cell phone – from GPS coordinates, browser history, and keystrokes – on the behalf of U.S. carriers.
The carriers say it's purely for the sake of diagnosing network and battery problems, and security experts from BitDefender, Kaspersky Lab, Lookout, F-Secure, and others have not found any malicious use of Carrier IQ. However most agree the potential for harm exists.
“The biggest issue for most users is that they do not know whether they have Carrier IQ on their mobile device,” Lookout Mobile wrote in a recent blog post. “In addition, there is no clear opt-out path available for those users who do have Carrier IQ installed and would prefer not to have it on their device.”
Meanwhile class-action lawsuits have been filed in California and Missouri that accuse Carrier IQ, as well as Samsung and HTC, of violating federal wiretap laws.
There are apps that detect the use of Carrier IQ, and ways to remove it from your Android device, but are you sure you want to?
For more, see Carrier IQ Fails the Occupy Wall Street Test.
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