This Carrier IQ has stirred up a real…um, poop storm. You can read all about it in the post we put together yesterday. In it, we also mentioned that it’s pretty easy to disable on the iPhone. Even then, it’s probably not somewhere that just any user would see or notice it.
That said, Apple is still catching some flack for it, too. The good news? Apple has announced that Carrier IQ is something they stopped supporting with iOS 5. This may be somewhat apparent because of the option to turn it off. In previous builds of iOS, we had no option and we didn’t know this was happening, making some users understandably upset. Then again, if you’re like me, you’d probably be more surprised is corporations weren’t doing this kind of thing. It’s the same reason I don’t play Kinect in my underwear or naked, I don’t know if data is being collected. If could be. Anyway, back to the story.
Apple has told All Things D that not only have they stopped supporting the software, they plan to abandon it altogether in a future version of iOS:
“We stopped supporting Carrier IQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update. With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, customers must actively opt-in to share this information, and if they do, the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form and does not include any personal information. We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so.”
We will see what happens after that. It seems like every year there is a new scandal about our devices spying on us. Keep in mind, we have these devices with built-in microphones, cameras, wifi, GPS and 3G/4G. Just a thought.