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Carrier IQ Threatens Developer Over Exposed Tracking Software

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Nov 23, 2011, 11:43 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

A company called Carrier IQ has filed a cease-and-desist letter with XDA developer Trevor Eckhart, claiming his exposure of Carrier IQ's tracking and logging software is illegal. Eckhart recently discovered and published information about Carrier IQ, which contributes software to Android handsets that logs user information without their knowledge or direct consent. The software is used by handsets made by companies such as HTC and Samsung. Eckhart published Carrier IQ's materials so that others might help confirm his research. Carrier IQ claims that Eckhart violated copyright law by publishing its training materials and threatened to sue him for monetary damages based on his claims. Eckhart consulted with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which counters that Eckhart's research is protected by the First Amendment. Carrier IQ has yet to publicly respond to the EFF's letter, and has yet to explain exactly what its software is doing on smartphones.

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Nov 23, 2011, 12:48 PM


And the truth shall set you free!!!
another big guy trying to bully the small guy!

Nov 25, 2011, 8:46 PM

You'll start seeing--

--more and more of this as we become even more entrenched in our digital lives and corporations lobby Congress to loosen privacy restrictions.

It's up to us to remain ever vigilant.

But still, thank God for the EFF.
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