Here’s the Inevitable Class-Action Lawsuit Over Carrier IQ

Carrier IQ

That took about a week longer than we thought.  Looks like a handful of carriers and manufacturers are being named in a class-action lawsuit over that whole Carrier IQ thing.

Here is a portion of the complaint:

“The carriers and manufacturers last month were caught willfully violating customers’ privacy rights in direct violation of federal law. A technology blogger in Connecticut discovered last month that software designed and sold by California-based Carrier IQ, Inc. was secretly tracking personal and sensitive information of the cell phone users without the consent or knowledge of the users. On Nov. 30, 2011, the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary said in a letter to Carrier IQ that “these actions may violate federal privacy laws.” It added, “this is potentially a very serious matter.”

Among those named are HTC, Apple, Samsung, Moto and carriers AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports. This is about what anyone would have expected. Maybe we’ll all get $6 off one of our future phone bills for our troubles.

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