Carrier IQ has been in the news for a few weeks. What it does is track almost everything you do with/on your smartphone, as well as location data, then it phones home to report on you. It is supposed to be for the phone provider to use to improve service, but it does so much more than is required for that. Another problem is that it is a BIG secret, you were never informed of it's presence or activities. Here's a short article about it's discovery from the Reg. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/30/sm...one_spying_app/
So now, after a few weeks, the politicians are all over this privacy violation. Public hearings and such, another waste of already thin resources. But that's another rant!
The Android anti-virus services have released a bunch of tools to help detect if your phone has this application installed. Here's another The Reg article about that. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/12/08/ca...roid_detection/ The last 2 paragraphs are worth getting to, stick it out to the end.
I use Lookout and they released a tool to detect it. I downloaded it and found that my AT&T Motorola Atrix 4G does not have this particular tracker installed. That does not mean that they aren't using something similar, some as yet undiscovered app which "helps" them to improve service by reporting my activities to them.
Removal is another subject. If you have your phone rooted (also read as voided the warranty) you can remove it. If you are not rooted, you can ask your provider to remove it. Good luck with that!
Download one of these tools and check your phone. Post here what your phone is, carrier, and whether you are infected or not. Be interesting to see who has been naughty.
Edited by amenditman, 10 December 2011 - 11:14 AM.