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 January 31, 2012  Posted by  Laws

Melissa Ngo writes:

In the last few months, there have been reports about how smartphone users’ data could be quietly gathered and used by companies via software from a company called Carrier IQ. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), chairman of the subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote to Carrier IQ demanding answers about how this technology affects cellphone users’ privacy. European officials are investigating the company for possible privacy violations. Carrier IQ spoke with the Wall Street Journal about its software.

Now, the Hill reports that Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass), a co-chairman of the House caucus on privacy, has released a discussion draft (pdf) of the Mobile Device Privacy Act, which would require telecommunications providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Sprint to reveal if they are using data-tracking software such as Carrier IQ on mobile devices:

Read more on Privacy Lives.

h/t, @normative.

  One Response to “Cellphone Privacy Bill Introduced to Regulate Carrier IQ-type Tracking”

  1. Markey just wanted more press. I is really poorly written.
    Sprint is now going with Smith Micro. Trevor Eckhart has a back room affiliation with them. He will be subpenaed to court and dissected, then arrested for corporate espionage!
    Verizon and Apple have products that do exactly the same thing. So really nothing has changed, not that I felt Carrier IQ was spyware. It was not implemented properly by HTC.
    Trevor’s days are numbered now that they know about the lies. He better find a deep hole ti hide in!

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