Apple Turns Its Back On Keylogging Smartphone “Diagnostic” Company Carrier IQ

Apple Turns Its Back On Keylogging Smartphone “Diagnostic” Company Carrier IQ

Apple comments on the presence of Carrier IQ on some iPhones:

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.

Seems like that says it all. Carrier IQ’s not seeing a lot of support from the big boys here, is it?

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  • winski

    THAT’S the right answer… AND, Carrier IQ’s maker gets prosecuted for breaking Federal Wiretap Laws, AS DO ANY TELCO’S.

  • jeanlouisnguyen

    TechCrunch put it best. Essentially, Apple is saying ‘we don’t use Carrier IQ… in most of our products… anymore’. So they did use it. But not since iOS 5. On some products… oh how I love guessing all the time.

  • BW Manx

     ”We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so.”

    This is almost that same line that Carrier IQ is saying about their product in any smartphone.

  • BW Manx

    Soooooo… Steve Jobs knew of Carrier IQ?

  • CharliK

    Of course he did. It was probably his idea. They likely used the software to create the info that was sent directly to them, until they could develop their own. Now that they have, they have removed Carrier IQ in part if not fully from iOS and if it is only in part they are most certainly working to get that remaining stuff gone

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