Your mobile phone is logging your every action

Russ Steele

There is a mobile phone app that is embedded in your cellphone that records every keystroke, every site you visit, and the police can get this information from the phone company without a search warrant.

Though the software is installed on most modern Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones, Carrier IQ was virtually unknown until 25-year-old Trevor Eckhart of Connecticut analyzed its workings, revealing that the software secretly chronicles a user’s phone experience — ostensibly so carriers and phone manufacturers can do quality control.

But now he’s released a video actually showing the logging of text messages, encrypted web searches and, well, you name it.


The company denies its software logs keystrokes. Eckhart’s 17-minute video clearly undercuts that claim.

You can read the rest of the article at WIRED. The article concludes:

Cringe as the video shows the software logging each number as Eckhart fingers the dialer.

“Every button you press in the dialer before you call,” he says on the video, “it already gets sent off to the IQ application.”

From there, the data — including the content of  text messages — is sent to Carrier IQ’s servers, in secret.

By the way, it cannot be turned off without rooting the phone and replacing the operating system. And even if you stop paying for wireless service from your carrier and decide to just use Wi-Fi, your device still reports to Carrier IQ.

If you are watching porn on your smartphone, or if you have a secret girl friend, or are accessing your bank accounts, or investment accounts on your cellphone STOP!  Your whole life is being stored in your service providers data base, which the government can access with out your knowledge.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

3 Responses to Your mobile phone is logging your every action

  1. RL Crabb says:

    Is anyone surprised? Back in the 20th century we all feared “Big Brother” who was going to watch our every move. It’s ironic that here in the 21st, we willingly give all our personal information to the machines. We are encouraged to do all transactions online, and reveal our personal lives on Faceless Book.

  2. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    Jeezz RL I bet they know how manys times you log in here and RR – scary

  3. RL Crabb says:

    Yeah, the sad truth is that you have to plug into the mama matrix if you want to do any kind of business. The only hope is to retreat to the boondocks and live in a cave, and even then you can probably google up a satellite photo of your hideout.

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