With CarrierIQ Installed On 26 Million Of Its’ Phones, Sprint Disables The Tool And Ceases Data Collection
After numerous complaints and a Senate review, Sprint announced on Friday a major decision on the controversial CarrierIQ software. No one knows if this is linked to the recent report of the data collecting tool being installed on approximately 26 million Sprint phones, but the news is good nonetheless. Here is how the Sprint spokesperson states it: “We have weighed customer concerns and we have disabled use of the tool so that diagnostic information and data is no longer being collected. We are further evaluating options regarding this diagnostic software as well as Sprint’s diagnostic needs.”
Sprint has already assured its’ customers and Senator Franken that CarrierIQ is used only for diagnostic purposes, and not for tracking users or accessing private data. More specifically, it’s stated that “Sprint has not used Carrier IQ diagnostics to profile customer behavior, serve targeted advertising, or for any purpose not specifically related to certifying that a device is able to operate on Sprint’s network or otherwise to improve network operations and customer experiences.” Even still, having the tool disabled is much better.
So are you feeling a bit more at ease about this CarrierIQ ordeal if you are a Sprint customer? Let us know!