privacy

Editorial: Privacy is paramount, but enough with the inquisitions already

Editorial: Privacy is paramount, but enough with the inquisitions already

Phil Nickinson 31

Oy vey! According to a report from Reuters (via Phonescoop), U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate "reports that applications on the Apple Inc and Google Inc mobile systems steal private photos and contacts and post them online without consent." OK, folks. Let's see if we can't explain this again. There was a report in the New York...

Carrier IQ unveils tool operators can use to open up about data collected from your phone

Carrier IQ unveils tool operators can use to open up about data collected from your phone

Phil Nickinson 6

Carrier IQ cares. Or, rather, for Carrier IQ, it's all about care. The much-maligned California analytics company has weathered the Great Privacy Scandal of 2011 and today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona announced a new product for its customers -- the operators -- to give greater transparency to consumers -- that's you and me -- regarding data being collected from your...

Sen. Al Franken gets answers from Carrier IQ, carriers -- 'still very troubled by what's going on'

Sen. Al Franken gets answers from Carrier IQ, carriers -- 'still very troubled by what's going on'

Phil Nickinson 59

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., didn't like what he'd heard about the whole Carrier IQ saga. And after receiving answers from the analytics company, he still doesn't like what he hears. On Thursday,  Franken, chairman of the Senate Subcommitte on Privacy, Technology and the Law, issued a statement on the reponses he received. More analysis AT&T's user of Carrier IQ extends to...

Sprint: 26 million devices with Carrier IQ, but we only ping a fraction at one time

Sprint: 26 million devices with Carrier IQ, but we only ping a fraction at one time

Phil Nickinson 25

Update: Sprint says it's no longer using Carrier IQ Sprint, in its reponse to U.S. Sen. Al Franken over its use of the Carrier IQ software, goes into great detail about how and why it needs and uses such analytic data, reiterating that "The Carrier IQ diagnostic tool can help Sprint engineers understand the functionality (or not) of handset appliations when connecting with the network...