Carrier IQ isn’t popular right now, and Apple finally issued a statement clarifying their relationship with the unpopular spyware company. Apple’s Statement:
We stopped supporting CarrierIQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update. With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, customers must actively opt-in to share this information, and if they do, the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form and does not include any personal information. We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so. — Apple
Apple’s statement follows what many have already discovered about Carrier IQ in iOS. The extent of information Carrier IQ collects within iOS falls short of Apple counterparts. Carrier IQ logs the iOS device’s location and whether or not a call was made or received. However, this only happens if the user manually turns on the diagnostic option, which used to be buried in menus before iOS 5. However, during any iOS 5 device’s initial setup users are given the opportunity to turn on or off diagnostics, a far cry from the program running in the background at all times without the ability to turn it off short of rooting the phone. Apple and other companies continue to distance themselves from Carrier IQ. Senator Al Franken has even initiated an investigation into the matter. While it is still unclear how, why and who has the data Carrier IQ logged on millions of devices answers will hopefully be made available sooner than later. Source: Tech Crunch  

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