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Schmidt calls Carrier IQ software a keylogger

More pressure on mobile tracking outfit
Fri Dec 09 2011, 14:54

GOOGLE CHAIRMAN Eric Schmidt has said that Carrier IQ's software is a keylogger and Google does not work with Carrier IQ nor support its software.

Carrier IQ's trackerware has dragged the company through the mud in recent weeks, with claims that it not only tracks what users are doing but records keystrokes as well. Now Schmidt has followed up on Google's previous statements by saying it does work with Carrier IQ and that its software is a keylogger.

Google's Android in particular was shown as the operating system of choice for companies that loaded Carrier IQ's software. According to Schmidt that is due to the openness of Android. He said, "Android is an open platform, so it's possible for people to build software that's actually not very good for you, and this appears to be one."

As for Carrier IQ's software, Schmidt didn't hold back. He said, "It's a key-logger, and it actually does keep your keystrokes, and we certainly don't work with them and we certainly don't support it."

Carrier IQ has always denied its software logs keystrokes. However Schmidt's comments seems to present keylogging by Carrier IQ as a fact, and one would think Google's lawyers would have checked to make sure Schmidt did not mis-speak.

Google had already said that its Nexus range of smartphones do not come preloaded with Carrier IQ's software. However security researchers have discovered many other Android smartphones running the software. µ


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