Whether Carrier IQ is really a threat to privacy or not (as its own VP declared) doesn’t seem to make any difference now that the snowflake turned into a full-fledged avalanche.
Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, said on Thursday that Mountain View does not work with nor does it support Carrier IQ. “Android is an open platform, so it’s possible for people to build software that’s actually not very good for you, and this appears to be one“, he said.
Carrier IQ’s software collects information that carriers use to analyze as well as improve performance of devices on their network. Things turned the wrong way once word got out that Carrier IQ was also reportedly collecting and transmitting information that could be sensitive about users.
“It’s a key-logger, and it actually does keep your keystrokes, and we certainly don’t work with them and we certainly don’t support it,” said Schmidt, more drastically, at an Internet freedom conference in Hague.