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Blog Post
12/20/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
Some lobbyists may be hunting for their food stamp applications in Washington, with the collapse of AT&T's attempt to take over and kill T-Mobile. This breakdown of the lobbying steamroller is reverberating in the halls of private power, and should give some lift to consumers battling a corporatocracy that has lately seemed invincible....
News Story
12/5/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sen. Al Franken D-Minn., and Consumer Watchdog are asking federal regulators to investigate whether mobile software firm Carrier IQ's practices violate consumer privacy rights. And groups like the Center for Digital Democracy are calling for federal privacy legislation. The company came under fire after reports that...
News Story
12/3/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The software firm acknowledges that it collects a wide variety of smartphone usage data. 'But capturing keystrokes and [text] messages, email, audio and video is not what we do.' A little-known California software company that can monitor every keystroke consumers make on many popular smartphones struck back at critics who accused it...
Blog Post
12/2/2011
Posted by Laura Antonini
Consumers can claim another victory in the AT&T/T-Mobile merger battle. Regulators listened to our warnings about the wireless giant’s false promises to consumers and are now blocking the deal. On the heels of AT&T’s decision to withdraw its merger application, the FCC delivered what may just be the final nail in the...
News Release
12/2/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called for a federal investigation into the "Spyphone Scandal", in which software embedded in smartphones surreptitiously tracks users' activities, including their keystrokes and numbers they dialed. The probe should extend beyond the software developer, Carrier IQ, and include...
News Story
12/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The software maker has turned mobile phones into spy phones, the consumer group says IDG News Service -- Consumer Watchdog has called for a U.S. government investigation of Carrier IQ, the maker of tracking software for mobile phones, and its users. The consumer group on Friday sent letters to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S....
News Story
12/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Carrier IQ's woes continue to multiply. The Mountain View, Calif., startup now faces four lawsuits over allegations that its cellphone software violates the privacy of mobile users. A congressman has also asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission today to investigate those charges. The developments aren't terribly surprising given the...
News Story
12/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Group asks for investigation of all involved parties Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog announced this afternoon that it has sent letters to the Justice Department and the FCC calling on them to investigate not only Carrier IQ, but also operating system makers, as well as handset manufacturers and phone carriers for their role in what it has...
News Story
12/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A network monitoring application has privacy watchdogs up in arms after a security researcher claimed that the software is capable of recording detailed phone activity and relaying it to carriers without the user even being aware that it's present on the device. Various carriers and device makers are vehemently denying any involvement with...
News Story
11/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Last month, Verizon changed its privacy policy to allow the company to share your Web browsing habits, app downloads, and other information with third-party marketers. Naturally, this set off a wave of public backlash and alarm bells among consumer interest groups. But when we took a closer look at what other carriers were doing, it turns out...