You may not be aware of it but your phone tracks many of your moves. This includes every keystroke you enter allowing it to know exactly what you’re doing. In the process it logs your personal data as well as data that you send out to others via SMS.
Needless to say this is a violation of privacy rights of the user. More importantly, almost everyone is unaware that this is happening.
How does it work?
It all comes down to Carrier IQ. Carrier IQ is a software that’s hidden deep in Android. And wait for it. It was requested by Sprint. So, you’ll find this little bit of software in phones including those by Samsung and also your HTC ones. As long as they’re marketed or distributed by Sprint, you’re going to have it.
Because of what it does, Carrier IQ is able to track each owner’s movement and keystrokes. This allows them to quickly understand your behavior and whatever data you’re put through your phone.
According to phone developers, the software does all sorts of things to record your information. This includes button presses, queries you make during searches as well as your text message contents.
So why does Spring even bother to do this?
It all comes down to competition. The more you know about your customers, the better you’re able to market your services to them. It also gives you an idea of what addition products or services you may want to make in the future. Already knowing the fact that there is a demand for this particular service or product even before creating it.
As for users, it really depends on what you’re looking for in terms of privacy. Many people don’t really mind. Others aren’t so sure. The bottom line is how you perceive Carrier IQ to affect your privacy rights.