US FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS are looking into allegations that Carrier IQ tracked users and sent details to mobile operators.
According to the Washington Post, executives at Carrier IQ traveled to Washington on Tuesday and met with officials of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as well as US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials.
The FTC inquiry was confirmed by officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. "This week Carrier IQ sought meetings with the FTC and FCC to educate the two agencies and answer any and all questions," said Andrew Coward, the SVP for marketing at Carrier IQ, adding that he was "not aware of an official investigation".
Earlier this week, it emerged that the FBI has been using data gathered by Carrier IQ for law enforcement, according to documents obtained by a freedom of information (FOI) request.
Carrier IQ's tracker-ware has come under intense criticism since it was found to be tracking user habits without the users' knowledge.
In an interview with The INQUIRER, Carrier IQ's VP of marketing Andrew Coward said the firm uses location information so mobile operators can target specific demographics when collecting data. The firm has now provided an example of a heat-map generated through location tracking and it is not very hard to see how this information could be useful for law enforcement agencies. µ
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score