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liwen · Jan 26, 2012

New OTA Update For Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch Removes Carrier IQ

Sprint has said that it will remove Carrier IQ on all of its devices, and is continuing to make good on that promise with the latest OTA update targeting the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, Sprint's own version of the Galaxy S II. The new update has the version S:D710.0.5S.EL29 with the following changelog: Security update Dismissing multiple calendar alerts Commercial Alert System (CMAS) activation Of course, "security update" is corporate doublespeak for "Carrier IQ removed". The update will roll out in...

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liwen · Jan 21, 2012

Updates For HTC EVO 4G, EVO Design 4G and Samsung Epic 4G Remove Carrier IQ

Last week, owners of the HTC EVO 3D began to receive an OTA update that, most notably, removed Carrier IQ. As Sprint has later confirmed, it is indeed looking to remove the tracking software from all its handsets, and has now begun to push out further updates for the HTC EVO 4G, EVO Design 4G and Samsung Epic 4G. Besides removing Carrier IQ, the HTC devices are also getting updated Peep clients for Twitter and improvements to the battery life....

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azrienoch · Dec 21, 2011

EFF Releases IQIQ to Decode Carrier IQ Profiles

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hard at work on the Carrier IQ issue.  EFF volunteer Jered Wierzbicki reverse-engineered the Carrier IQ Profile file format from WBXML to human-readable XML.  (A Profile is a set of instructions telling IQ Agent on your phone what information to collect, and when to send it back to Carrier IQ.) He then created IQIQ--a clever title, providing a watching-the-Watchmen sort of commentary--to allow anyone to decode the Carrier IQ Profile active on their phone.  The EFF hopes...

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azrienoch · Dec 16, 2011

Al Franken’s Pursuit of “Carrier IQ”

December 14, the deadline Senator Al Franken gave to answer his questions about Carrier IQ, came and went.  Now the responses are public.  Franken also questioned FBI director Robert Mueller in the Senate Judiciary Committee about the FBI’s collection of information specifically obtained from Carrier IQ’s software.  Thankfully, Franken was not satisfied by the answers he received in either inquiry.  From Franken’s press release, which includes companies’ responses, “I appreciate the responses I received, but I’m still very troubled by what’s...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 15, 2011

EL13 Firmware for Epic 4G Touch Leaked, Carrier IQ-Free!

Assuming you haven't been living in a cave the last few months, you've heard about Carrier IQ---a baked-in software package that Google CEO Eric Schmidt publicly labeled a key-logger. Thanks to the diligent work of XDA Recognized Developer TrevE, we've brought to light some of the issues surrounding the software package several times in the past. Luckily for us, it now seems as if OEMs and carriers are starting to understand that WE DON'T LIKE IT! Enter the EL13 leaked firmware...

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azrienoch · Dec 13, 2011

Carrier IQ Releases a Report, FBI is Silent

Carrier IQ released a 19-page document explaining their software, how it’s used, and how it protects the data it collects.  Much of it we already heard, but now with more thorough detail.  Click here to listen to this article. After describing the basics of Carrier IQ and how it’s implemented--a section which points a finger squarely at the manufacturers and carriers--the document addresses specific questions people asked since the issue blew up in the media.  They begin by answering Trevor...

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azrienoch · Dec 2, 2011

Carrier IQ Creeps Out Everyone

Over the last week, Carrier IQ received quite a lot of attention.  First, TrevE was served a Cease and Desist letter from Carrier IQ, including a prepared statement they insisted TrevE release on his website, denouncing his work.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation responded on TrevE’s behalf, calling the C&D a violation of constitutional rights, and malicious.  Carrier IQ apologized, calling the C&D, “misguided,” but made a statement denying many of the allegations. Then TrevE released a video proving that every...

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azrienoch · Nov 15, 2011

More on Carrier IQ

This article intends to extrapolate the implications of egzthunder1’s article on Carrier IQ, and to comment on the responses by Carrier IQ, HTC, and Sprint, given in Russell Holly’s article on Geek.com. The point--short, sweet, and at the beginning of the article--is that we do not get to choose whether this information is collected.  Or who sees it.  Authorized employees only?  Marketing and polling firms?  Law enforcement?  All rhetorical questions, because we don’t know. To be clear, the “information” I’m...

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azrienoch · Nov 8, 2011

HTC’s Likely Rezounding Disappointment

I was thinking about the HTC Rezound today.  I do that sometimes--sit down and let my thoughts wander. I thought about its three-way fight within Verizon against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Droid RAZR, and how it will fare this Christmas season.  I also thought about TrevE's work on HTC's astounding Carrier IQ screw-up. And I came up with a target market based on privacy and security to whom no manufacturer has managed to sell phones yet:  the hopeless-paranoid....

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