A hidden tracking app has been found on tens of millions of smartphones that secretly records everything users do, including things like the content of their text messages, every website visited and even every keystroke they make. A 25-year-old Android developer found the Carrier IQ software, which almost always runs in the background of users’ phones without their permission or even awareness, and is almost impossible to remove. The Carrier IQ company says it’s only recording information for diagnostic purposes and doesn’t record keystrokes or the content of email and text messages. AT&T, Sprint, HTC and Samsung have admitted to having the tracking app on their phones, but also say the information collected is only used to improve service, while Verizon, Blackberry maker Research In Motion and Nokia said the app isn’t on their phones. It’s been found on the iPhone, but it apparently is off by default and only logs technical information. The story is still developing, but privacy and legal experts say this isn’t only about privacy, but could potentially be a violation of federal wiretap law.
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