“As controversy continues to swirl around Carrier IQ, which stores data and sends it to cellphone service providers, Apple has confirmed that it stopped supporting the software in iPhones — and will remove it completely from future iPhone software,” Charlie White reports for Mashable.

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. – Apple Inc., December 1, 2011

White reports, “So how do you block Carrier IQ right now? …Follow our simple guide. In short, here’s how to stop data from being automatically sent: Settings App > General > About > Diagnostics & Usage > Don’t Send.

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “GetMeOnTop” for the heads up.]

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