Thursday, December 01, 2011

Earlier this year, there was a bit furor over the iPhone tracking user locations -- a charge that the Wall Street Journal made when it reported iPhones transmitting what appeared to be positions to Apple (AAPL) but which the company denied. Now Google's (GOOG) Android is in the hot seat over what a third party may be doing.

Android software developer Trevor Eckhart found that Carrier IQ, which bills itself as a provider of "mobile service intelligence solutions to the wireless industry," has software that is secretly installed on millions of Android phones and transmits almost everything users do. Carrier IQ denies the findings and threatened the researcher with legal action. Now Eckhart has posted a video showing findings that paint a damning picture of privacy for many Android phone owners...