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Sprint orders all OEMs to strip Carrier IQ from their hardware
Posted: 17-Dec-2011 [Source: geek.com]

[Sprint has ordered the removal of Carrier IQ software from all handsets, in response to growing customer concerns, legal proceedings, and Congressional probes. "We have weighed customer concerns and we have disabled use of the tool so that diagnostic information and data is no longer being collected," Sprint said in a statement.]

Russell Holly -- "In an attempt to distance themselves from the increasingly volatile Carrier IQ situation, we’ve been told that Sprint has ordered that all of their hardware partners remove the Carrier IQ software from Sprint devices as soon as possible."

"This comes after a number of dramatic turns over the past few weeks. During that time Carrier IQ was called a lot of things, from a harmless mobile intelligence company to a vicious rootkit designed to steal our personal data and sell it to the ne’er-do-wells. In my opinion, Carrier IQ is a company that provides a service that benefits everyone with a cellphone by giving information to the carriers about when their network has problems that affects our service. Unfortunately, this software was installed in such a manner that, when discovered, there was a significant panic. This is understandable because the software was forced onto unsuspecting users with no real oversight to speak of."

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