A security researcher posted a video showing hidden software installed on smart phones/cell phones.
HTC IQ Agent logs the URL of websites searched on the phone.
“The software always runs when an Android operating system is running and users are unable to stop it,” Eckhart said in the video.
This type of software runs in the background without your knowledge and is the same software commonly used in malicious software.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation said, “this raises substantial privacy concerns” about software that “many consumers don’t know about.”
Carrier IQ could not immediately be reached for comment. But the company told Wired.com that its software is used for “gathering information off the handset to understand the mobile-user experience, where phone calls are dropped, where signal quality is poor, why applications crash and battery life.”
Carrier IQ describes itself as “the world’s leading provider of Mobile Service Intelligence solutions.”
Next time you need to track your husband or child’s habits buy them a smart phone for Christmas. Send me a telegraph machine please.
I think my family and I will get back the old days of communication: Talking to each other face to face.