%type archive - Nov 2011

Carrier IQ proves (again) the need for completely open mobile phones

According to the Register and many other sources online, an Android app developer has reported conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users. In a YouTube video posted on Monday, Trevor Eckhart showed how software from a Silicon Valley company known as Carrier IQ recorded in real time the keys he pressed into a stock EVO handset, which he had reset to factory settings just prior to the demonstration.

The only way to avoid such attacks to one’s privacy are mobile phones are systems that are built from the ground up to provide truly private conversations and to be completely transparent to their end users as the TFF Transparent Telematics system.

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