According to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt:

Google does not work with nor does it support Carrier IQ.

The statement was released last Thursday, after a hacking expert produced a YouTube video encasing his Android-powered HTC device running the Carrier IQ software program. This led many to associate the OS of Google’s Android smartphone along with the software. Yes, it’s the same software maker that has been accused of violating the privacy rights of millions of mobile phone users.

Many mobile phone operators, such as Sprint Nextel and AT&T, have installed the software in their devices. This is because Carrier IQ is capable of transmitting data which allows these operators to have a better understanding of their networks and devices.

Sadly, there have been a number of reports stating that the software automatically collects and transmits the potentially sensitive data of its phone users.

“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.” “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,”

Schmidt added during an Internet freedom conference held in the Dutch city of The Hague.


[Source: Reuters]

Christine Torralba
Christine Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past couple of years. While most of her work has been ghostwritten, she has also contributed articles to magazines such as SPARK, Monday, Vault and Epic. In her spare time, she cooks, takes photos of food, and manages to write about it on her food blog.