While the Carrier IQ debacle continues to dig its own hole more furiously than a rabid groundhog, Apple is the first critter to pop its head up from the soil and clear itself…for the most part. Apple released a statement today indicating that the company had infused versions of iOS with Carrier IQ software in the past, but has since ceased the implementation with the latest iOS 5 software. Apple goes on to say that a future software update will remove Carrier IQ completely, though the statement does not specify which devices and carriers will be affected.
We stopped supporting Carrier IQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update. With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, customers must actively opt-in to share this information, and if they do, the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form and does not include any personal information. We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so.
The Diagnostics & Usage option in the Settings menu is found under General>About if you’d like to adjust your privacy in any way. Apple offers users the option of allowing their diagnostic information to be sent out to the company or opting out, though the setting defaults to “Don’t Send.” Even if users do opt in, Apple’s statement claims that no keystrokes, messages or other personal information would be sent to out if a user were to select the “Automatically Send” option.
The Carrier IQ issue arose yesterday when xda security researcher Trevor Eckhart exposed some serious privacy holes on an Android phone.
We’ll have more developments on Carrier IQ are they arise.
[Via: All Things Digital]