December 03, 2011
New book, Cellular Convergence and the Death of Privacy
"A controversy over smartphone privacy has reignited this week following a coder's recent post detailing how a hidden software application on Android-based HTC phones can collect a range of information about the user's activities. The client program is from a venture-funded company called Carrier IQ out of Mountain View, Calif. It created software, dubbed by one security researcher as a classic rootkit, to collect a variety of "operational" data about the phone's usage, ostensibly to let carriers identify radio, performance and usage problems and correct them...AT&T, Sprint, HTC and Samsung have confirmed their use of the software, while Verizon, Nokia and RIM have said they do not use it."
Phone 'Rootkit' Maker Carrier IQ May Have Violated Wiretap Law In Millions Of Cases