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  • Carrier IQ Scandal Places Apple at Center of New Class Action Lawsuit


    File this one under the category: "We All Saw This Coming."

    It seems Apple has been named in a brand new class-action lawsuit related to the Carrier IQ scandal that sent mobile privacy advocates and smartphone users alike into a frenzy in recent days.

    The Carrier IQ software is what's known as a rootkit that is installed at a carrier’s request on mobile phones. Carrier IQ raises user privacy concerns because it runs in the background and monitors and logs user activity. Carrier IQ is believed to be installed on more than 100 million devices around the world.

    The lawsuit in question was filed by Delaware-based Sianni & Straite LLP and, in addition to Apple, it targets HTC, Samsung and Motorola, not to mention heavyweight carriers like AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. The lawsuit alleges an "unprecedented breach in the digital privacy rights of 150 million cell phone users."

    AT&T and Sprint - two iPhone carriers in the U.S. - claim the Carrier IQ software and its collected data are only used as a means to "improve service performance." As MMi reported last week, Apple said in response to the "scandal" that it "stopped supporting Carrier IQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update."

    Source: Sianni & Straite LLP
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Carrier IQ Scandal Places Apple at Center of New Class Action Lawsuit started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by icespur View Post
      Should be Settings>General>About>Diagnostics & Usage It does not identify the selection as CIQ but this is what turns it off.
      I'm still on iOS 4.1 so I guess this came out in later versions of iOS 4? I have all my shsh blobs so if you know what version it was in then I could downupgrade to that version. Any help you can provide is greatly appetizers as I want to turn off CIQ on mine.
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      icespur -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      I'm still on iOS 4.1 so I guess this came out in later versions of iOS 4? I have all my shsh blobs so if you know what version it was in then I could downupgrade to that version. Any help you can provide is greatly appetizers as I want to turn off CIQ on mine.
      You can only disable CIQ in iOS 5. A salesman at the AT&T store went over the settings with me after I bought the phone. I guess I had already installed iOS 5, sorry for the wrong info.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by icespur View Post
      You can only disable CIQ in iOS 5. A salesman at the AT&T store went over the settings with me after I bought the phone. I guess I had already installed iOS 5, sorry for the wrong info.
      Ah what a predicament. On one hand I want to disable CIQ but on the other hand there aren't any untethered jailbreaks for iOS 5 yet.

      Decisions, decisions.