It's the cell-phone companies I'm worried about and who might want the information Carrier IQ can gather. Carrier IQ's just a software company as far as I know. Kind of like how you could install Cyrix keylogger software on somebody's computer without permission and have it send information back to you.
[citation][nom]bebangs[/nom]CarrierIQ use to be a sneaky, then it took an arrow to the knee. Stop right there criminal scum! pay the court a fine or serve your sentence, Your stolen goods are now forfeited.[/citation]
Of course the FBI are using it. It's a logging program they can use to compile evidence on a suspect and they didn't have to develop it, it's win win for them. The thing we have to worry about is how they decide who is a "suspect"
When your cell phone gets a call, it’s not like every tower on the network suddenly starts looking for your phone, only the towers with the best signal send the call. If for example you're in South Dakota when a call comes in, towers in California, Kentucky and Maine aren't suddenly looking for you, only the towers with the best signal quality send you the call; this is how carriers guarantee “quality of service” and why there are cell phone towers all over the place.
The "cell" in “cell phone” refers to the towers themselves, or more accurately the range of coverage for each tower. That is how the industry refers to them and in order to guarantee quality of service your provider needs to know what “cell” or “cells” your phone is closest to; so in that regard ALL CELL PHONES "smart" and "dumb" are tracked. Additionally all cell phones can be compromised allowing your devices microphone, camera, or GPS to be used by unauthorized persons without your knowledge. It has been proven that the contents of your entire phone including the text messages, emails, phone book, confidential log in information etc can be accessed with or without the phone being connected to any network, just like people used to steal phone numbers from highway overpasses when mobile phones first came out.
We have spent YEARS researching the problem.
The problem is REAL and so is the SOLUTION: The Case For Privacy – Because there is a case for privacy.
The fact that it can be altered remotely makes it a big security risk. It may not be reading your messages and monitoring keystrokes now, but what if someone decided to enable that on a users phone.
PS carrier IQ is not needed to get network related information from customers. Connected devices automatically report the details of the connection in order to negotiate the bit rate.
Details on speed and saturation of the network is all generated ISP side and there is no need to get it from the phone.
The most carrier IQ can do is probably help find dead zones by recording everywhere you go VIA GPS then reporting back home with the locations where a signal was not available.
(but that same thing can be extrapolated with ISP side data by mapping out the average signal strength of users at certain towers and also use them to triangulate the general locations of the users with the weak signals.
Eg if users between towers 4, 5, and 6 are having a week/ unreliable signal (really poor SNR), then they can send someone to properly examine the area and find a location for an additional cell tower.