HTC: “Some Carriers Mandate That We Install Carrier IQ”

  • December 1, 2011 1:06 pm

There aren’t already enough twists in the Carrier IQ drama, so why not add another. Based on some claims that it is hardware manufacturers’ choice to install/not install Carrier IQ on their phones, HTC has taken the offensive approach by hitting back with a short and simple statement: It’s not their choice, it’s the carriers’!

“Carrier IQ is required on devices by a number of U.S carriers so if consumers or media have any questions about the practices relating to, or data collected by, Carrier IQ we’d advise them to contact their carrier.

It is important to note that HTC is not a customer or partner of Carrier IQ and does not receive data from the application, the company, or carriers that partner with Carrier IQ. HTC is investigating the option to allow consumers to opt-out of data collection by the Carrier IQ application.”

Verizon has gone on the record saying they don’t make use of Carrier IQ tracking/monitoring while the other major U.S. carriers are still sitting on their hands in the corner, not saying a word. Meanwhile, iOS hacker @chpwn has found hooks for Carrier IQ in iOS specifically mentioning AT&T, Sprint, and…Verizon. Confusing indeed.

In the end, it doesn’t really make much sense for hardware manufacturers to be a lot of personal data — certainly not as much as Carrier IQ has been shown to collect. Carriers on the other hand could benefit from said information by helping them identify weak service areas among other things.

In a couple hours there will probably be another “oh my god” Carrier IQ moment, so keep checking back…

  • Source: SAI

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