Android, Blackberry and Nokia are tracking your every move

A small peice of software called Carrier IQ is responsible for logging every thing you do on your phone and reportedly serves the purpose of deliver usability metrics to your carrier and/or handset manufacturer.

Eckhardt labeled the software a rootkit and was switfly attacked by the Calafornia based company, thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the company has now backed off.

The software cannot be disabled or uninstalled unless tou “root” your phone and load a custom rom.

“Though the software is installed on most modern Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones, Carrier IQ was virtually unknown until 25-year-old Trevor Eckhart of Connecticut analyzed its workings, revealing that the software secretly chronicles a user’s phone experience — ostensibly so carriers and phone manufacturers can do quality control.”

via Researcher’s Video Shows Secret Software on Millions of Phones Logging Everything | Threat Level | Wired.com.

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