Plaintiffs have sued Carrier IQ, and phone makers HTC and Samsung for violating federal wiretapping laws this week, just one day after the U.S. Senate got involved in the scandal.
For the past few weeks, there has been much ado about Carrier IQ, the software unknowingly pre-loaded in over 140 million smartphones around the world.
The company has been accused of being a rootkit/keylogger pre-installed on Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Nokia devices around the world. The software quietly watches and logs all keystrokes entered into the device, including texts. It also monitors location, when you shut your phone off, and who you call.
In the latest suit, violations of the Federal Wiretap Act, if convicted, will cost the company $100 per day, per violation. Conservatively saying that the company has been spying on you for 6 months, the fine could be as high as $2,520,000,000,000.
Class Action against Carrier IQ_ HTC
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 2 Dec 2011 11:51