A while back I wrote about my iPhone tracking my location, not very accurately but tracking it non the less. There was uproar about why Apple collected this information and Steve Jobs had some tough questions to answer and had to send one of his Vice Presidents to the Senate to answer them. The whole thing was dubbed LocationGate.
At the time all the non Apple users laughed at the Apple fan boys and girls for using Apple products yada yada yada. Well now it seems the boot is on the other foot and if you use a BlackBerry, HTC or Nokia device there is an application called CarrierIQ that runs in the background which logs all kinds of details and sends it off to the servers of a private company that hardly anyone has heard of.
Have a look at the video below from Android developer Trevor Eckhart who shows just how invasive the CarrierIQ app appears to be on a HTC handset.
I could say ‘who’s laughing now?‘ but the bigger issue is the whole lack of privacy that is becoming acceptable.
Posted from Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom.