Yesterday, we reported about the tempest brewing about Carrier IQ, a secret software a researcher says has been installed on millions of phones and is capable of logging websites a user visits, the contents of voice and text messages and even the content of online searches.
Today Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat for Minnesotta, sent a letter to the company asking for a detailed explanation of the kind of information the company’s software logs.
“The revelation that the locations and other sensitive data of millions of Americans are being secretly recorded and possibly transmitted is deeply troubling,” Franken said in a statement. “This news underscores the need for Congress to act swiftly to protect the location information and private, sensitive information of consumers. But right now, Carrier IQ has a lot of questions to answer.”
As we said yesterday, Carrier IQ denies that its software is used to snoop. Instead, the company says, it is used to diagnose problems.
Today, Forbes picks up the story and adds that the company, as well as the telephone carriers that allowed the software on their customer’s phones could be facing a costly class action lawsuit, because of the possibility that the software violates federal wiretap laws.
- Here’s The Letter Senator Al Franken Just Sent To Phone ‘Rootkit’ Firm Carrier IQ (forbes.com)
- HTC, Sprint Acknowledge Using Carrier IQ Software But Deny Snooping (paidcontent.org)
- 7 questions that Carrier IQ needs to address immediately (zdnet.com)
- Al Franken Gives Carrier IQ A December 14 Deadline To Answer For Privacy Allegations (businessinsider.com)