If you own a smart phone you’ll probably be dismayed to learn that you, along with over 100 million others with a smart phone, have a pre-installed tracker. According to the Fox News article most major carriers do this.
Trevor Eckhart, an Android security developer, during a security demonstration yesterday showed how software developed by Carrier IQ tracks everything the customer does on a smart phone, including individual keystrokes and button presses.
Carrier IQ claims that this tracking helps customers by improving quality and performance. Security experts refer to Carrier IQ software as spyware and a serious invasion of privacy. Imagine logging into your bank and having your account activity snooped on.
This feature can’t be turned off without replacing the operating system. If you stop the service from your carrier and decide to use Wi-Fi, the device still reports to Carrier IQ. Now that’s serious invasion of privacy.
Although the Blackberry has been included in the Fox news article, related article reports that Research in Motion (RIM) does not install nor authorize its carrier partners to install Carrier IQ monitoring software on its Blackberry smart phones. ”RIM also did not develop or commission the development of the Carrier IQ application, and has no involvement in the testing, promotion, or distribution of the app.”
Click on Fox News to read the article and see Trevor Eckhart’s demo on video.