In a recent news story, a young researcher posted a couple of YouTube videos revealing a clandestine software program pre-installed on his smartphone. He demonstrated how the software recorded his every move on his phone. The software, called Carrier IQ, is pre-installed on millions of phones, maybe even yours. In a statement released this week, the company said,
"We measure and summarize performance of the device to assist Operators in delivering better service. While a few individuals have identified that there is a great deal of information available to the Carrier IQ software inside the handset, our software does not record, store or transmit the contents of SMS messages, email, photographs, audio or video."
Now phone carriers are claiming they had no idea the software recorded so much info. Riiiight.
So how do you feel about that? Your every message, button pushed, picture taken, email sent, website visited... could be recorded and saved by an independent source.