Not content to let the US Senate handle things, a US Congressman has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Carrier IQ violated millions of mobile phone user’s privacy.
U.S. Representative Edward Markey (a Democrat from Massachusetts since 1976) involved the FTC because one of their mandates is to investigate this under its mandate to protect consumers from unfair or deceptive acts or practices.
“Consumers and families need to understand who is siphoning off and storing their personal information every time they use their smart phone,” Markey said.
Further, allegations are flying that Carrier IQ may be violating Federal wiretap laws in their process of collecting what they call “diagnostic data”.
Stay tuned to pocketnow for additional information as this story continues to develop.
The CyanogenMod team has gone on the record:
“… the CyanogenMod team would like to assure everyone that Carrier IQ has never, and will never be a part of our Operating System. There is no risk of this kind of software to ever be shipped as a part of CyanogenMod, period. Please, take it upon yourselves to educate anyone who is concerned about Carrier IQ, and offer them CyanogenMod as the only real opt-out they are likely to get any time soon.”
CarrierIQ has issued a formal press release that basically shifts the blame to carriers. This, in my neck of the woods, is called “passing the buck”.
“Carrier IQ acts as an agent for the Operators. Each implementation is different and the diagnostic information actually gathered is determined by our customers the mobile Operators. Carrier IQ does not gather any other data from devices.”