What if you were asked to carry a device that would track your every move, record all your contacts, key strokes and Internet browsing history, and then send the information to a third party? You would probably respond with a resounding, “No!” Hate to break it to you, but if you have a Droid phone in your hand the answer has actually been, “Oh, sure.”
Don Reisinger at CNET breaks it all down for us in an eye-opening article. Apparently, researcher Trevor Eckhart discovered how “software developed by mobile-device tracker Carrier IQ logs each keystroke and then sends them off to locations unknown. In addition, when Eckhart tried placing a call, Carrier IQ’s software recorded each number before the call was even made.”
As if this wasn’t enough, here is what Eckhart says about just trying to hit the off switch on the software:
“The Carrier IQ application is embedded so deeply in the device that it can’t be fully removed without rebuilding the phone from source code. This is only possible for a user with advanced skills and a fully unlocked device. Even where a device is out of contract, there is no off switch to stop the application from gathering data.”
Paranoid Android, indeed.