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Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Greg Alsobrook, Nov 30, 2011.
Unless their Thunderbolt are different from mine it isn't installed on these.
They had to remove it from the Tbolt in order to get more than 4 hours of battery life out of it - LOL!! :lol:
I'm just kidding and playing on the typical knocks on the Tbolt's battery life, which I know has improved considerably, so TBolt owners please don't get mad at me.
The OP and headline are from a very well known tech blog.
How can you say that with a straight face after you've called this situation overhyped, overplayed and sensationalistic? That story is about one phone. ONE. It's not a recurring trend, it's a fluke! It's a lithium ion battery that got too hot. It happens.
It looks like CarrierIQ has also been discovered in iOS as well.
Full story: Yes, Your iPhone Can Track You With Carrier IQ, Too - http://gizmodo.com/5864107/yes-your-iphone-is-tracking-you-with-carrieriq-too
Or perhaps the IMF now delivers missions via the iPhone - I'll have to check the app store for that one!
Based on the article, the iOS version seems much more reasonable. That is truly only for diagnostic purposes then.
I wonder if Blackberry's may be similar.
CM 7 on DINC looks clean.
Link to test app
QR for direct download
If CarrierIQ's software was on my phone (which it isn't), I'm not sure that response would make me feel a whole lot better.
It's definitely not a good thing in any light, although I have not seen where it has been exploited for evil...yet.
also I just stated being rooted as a general term for all the other stuff that comes with that. I am running a custom Rom (Vortex which I highly recommend for anyone with a Droid X)
I stopped worrying about privacy a long time ago. I know that whatever I do on my electronic devices is being monitored by someone, somewhere.
Besides, I don't do anything illegal so I don't have anything to hide. If somene even cares that I went to Walmart and called my wife, more power to them.
Assuming that everything you do online is public is absolutely the right choice. However, I am not terribly pleased by the amount of "tattling" that my electronic devices do and I think that it's fair for manufacturers to disclose clearly what sort of information they are sending and to whom.
Lifehacker just posted an article showing how to make sure this is disabled on your iPhone: http://lifehacker.com/5864159/carrier-iq-is-tracking-your-iphone-too-heres-how-to-turn-it-off
Mine was set to "Don't Send" by default.
I think after iOS 5 installed it asked if you wanted to send diagnostic data to Apple.
Same with my iPod Touch.
The iPhone gives you the option when you set it up to select "send" or "don't send". Therefore for all of us who have it set to "don't send" it was something we selected in the initial setup process of the phone. If I remember correctly it was one of the final screens.
It's a slippery slope though. If you have your work email on a Blackberry and are an attorney, could it violate HIPAA or client confidentiality if information is sent without your knowledge?
As for not having anything to hide, I've gotten that response on other things. The local Community Council wanted to put cameras on top of our water tower and volunteers (Citizens on Patrol type) would monitor the feeds, and be able to move the cameras around, zoom in and out. The tower is right in the middle of the town and from the top would have views of homes etc. I was told why should I care if they checked inside my house if a blind was left open, as I surely didn't have anything to hide. Of course they also said that they'd be able to zoom into the recording just as well as when live, so they did also have a lack of tech knowledge.
And RIM says they do not install it on devices, nor do they authorize carriers to. Though that has happened in the past. I seem to remember a carrier in a Middle Eastern country (Oman maybe?) doing this.
That's kind of a different situation. Part of my job is in security and smart phones (especially those used for the military) are tighly controlled and have security measures built in so users can't do anything stupid.
If an attorney doesn't have an IT person on staff taking care of these things, he's not a very good attorney.