“Sen. Al Franken, who heads a Senate privacy panel, is asking wireless companies and hardware makers exactly how they’re using Carrier IQ and what data they’re collecting,” Declan McCullagh reports for CNET.

“A Sprint spokesman confirmed to CNET this morning that the company received a letter from Franken, the Minnesota Democrat who wrote a similar letter to Carrier IQ last week,” McCullagh reports. “Franken also sent letters to AT&T, HTC, Samsung, and Sprint Nextel, according to a report over the weekend in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.”

McCullagh reports, “Franken, who alleged the use of Carrier IQ may violate privacy laws, asked the companies for a response by December 14. They’re under no legal obligation to reply, though it’s customary for companies to do so.”

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