Carrier IQ not present in RIM and Nokia phones
There has been alot of controversy from past one week about something called Carrier IQ being present on your smartphones which can enable the firm to get all the personal and confidential information from a persons smartphone. So what Carrier IQ is? this is the first question that comes to mind when you hear about this news.
Here is the answer, Carrier IQ is the leading company in a sector which deals in providing mobile intelligence solutions in the wireless industry. The next question that comes to mind is what it has to with us or why we should be worried with a company like that? The reason to be worried is that the company installs root-kit tools and programs in your smartphone which than logs your data and usage patterns, this can include registering keystrokes or gathering of personal or financial data from your smartphone or even track your current location. This problem is mainly in US where the high-end smartphones are purchased on contract basis from carriers. Carrier IQ has been working closely with manufacturers too, because of that there is a chance that your smartphone having Carrier IQ installed, irrespective of how you bought it. Carrier IQ on the other hand has denied registering keystrokes or providing location retrieving tools, but they have accepted the fact that they do look into the smartphones performance using only the data required for it.
With this news creating a havoc among the smartphone users, RIM has come forward and assured there BlackBerry smartphone users that there is no Carrier IQ installed on its smartphones. RIM said in a statement below:
"RIM can attest that it does not pre-install the CarrierIQ application on BlackBerry smartphones and has never done so. Furthermore, RIM does not authorize its carrier partners to install the CarrierIQ application on BlackBerry smartphones before sales or distribution and has never done so. RIM also did not develop or commission the development of the CarrierIQ application, nor is RIM involved in any way in the testing, promotion, or distribution of the CarrierIQ application."
Nokia also has made it clear via a tweet by a Spokesperson stating that, "CarrierIQ has not shipped products for Nokia devices."
The smartphones which are being suspected of having these rootkit programs installed are mainly iPhone and Android smartphones irrespective of how you bought it. With Android smartphones gaining popularity, it will be interesting to see how this news affects the sale of Androids and iPhones. Do drop your comments below with your thoughts, your views !
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