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Three Class-Action Lawsuits
Initial reports indicated that the software is present on phones from HTC, Nokia, Research In Motion and Samsung. There have also been reports that references to Carrier IQ have been found in Apple's iOS 5, but it does not appear to be enabled to record keystrokes, as it is on devices from other manufacturers.
In a statement Thursday, Apple, which has been questioned about the software by German authorities, said that it had stopped supporting Carrier IQ in iOS 5 for most of its products, and will completely remove it in a future update.
Three class-action lawsuits alleging Carrier IQ violates federal wiretap laws have been filed in Chicago, St. Louis and Northern California. The lawsuits could be costly, according to Forbes, as the federal Wiretap Act provides for penalties of $100 a day or $10,000 per violation. Carrier IQ boats on its Web site that its software is on 141 million smartphones.
The Northern California suit names Samsung and HTC as well as Carrier IQ. The lawsuit contends that, contrary to Carrier IQ's statements, the software "does record keystrokes and the content of messages, and could transmit the information to third parties." It accuses the three companies of violating the federal Wiretap Act and California's Unfair Business Practice Act.
Posted: 2011-12-07 @ 11:05pm PT
This article is incorrect. Nokia have never installed this app on their phones.
A reader no more..:
Posted: 2011-12-02 @ 5:43pm PT
"Connecticut-based security researcher Trevor Eckhart recently posted a video showing that software from Carrier IQ, pre-installed on as many as 141 million Android, BlackBerry, and Nokia smartphones, sends text messages, searches, and other user actions to the carrier without the user's knowledge or consent." Let me guess Apple paid you to not mention the fact they it is also installed on EVERY iphone since iPhone 3