Senator Al Franken! Paging Senator Al Franken!

“Where are the WSJ, Financial Times, New York Times front page stories? Where are the hourly CNBC regurgitations of this shocking news? Where are the worldwide bloggers and other pundits that were so loud and quick to expose the evil Apple empire for ‘Locationgate’ (a quickly fixed software bug, that would not drop past cell tower locations you connected to in order to improve service, that was quickly addressed and fixed by Apple with no harm to users and with no realistic privacy or security issues)?” Apple Fanboy asks.

“How is there not a ten-fold response to the recent news that Google and others (Nokia and RIM) have software running on millions of their devices that record your every keystroke? Your text messages, your phone numbers, basically every single thing you do on your smartphone!” Apple Fanboy writes. “Where are the members of Congress rushing to hold a press conference demanding answers for what has recently been revealed? AL FRANKEN! PAGING AL FRANKEN!”

“Ohh, wait a second, it turns out Apple was not included in this latest report,” Apple Fanboy explains. “No news here. Yeah no need to make a big deal out of this… Sure Apple’s “Locationgate” was a little pimple compared to this, but apparently there are strict reporting guidelines and fact checking that needs to be accomplished before rushing to judgement on this one! Congress has bigger issues to worry about this time.”

Read more in the full article here.

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

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      1. “I say, that is. I say them Android people are okay but about as sharp as a bag full of wet mice. The media’s got a mouth like a cannon, always shootin’ it off. And I’m just a loud-mouthed schnook..”

    1. Hey, troll. Get back under your bridge.

      Carrier IQ on iOS ★
      Good investigative work by Grant “chpwn” Paul. iOS includes a Carrier IQ daemon, but it doesn’t seem to log any particularly sensitive information. Nothing like a keylogger or reading SMS messages. He’s documenting his research on Twitter as he goes.

      UPDATE: Worth noting that it appears that nothing gets submitted to Carrier IQ if you opt-out with the “Send Automatically” switch in Settings → General → About → Diagnostics & Usage. That’s deep inside Settings, but Apple prompts you for that setting during iOS 5 device setup, too.

      (From Daring Fireball)

    2. Did you even read that story?

      It says that Carrier IQ software is only turned on in iPhones during select times, not all of the time as in Android phones. Other articles report that Carrier IQ software are ‘permanent’ and can’t be removed or disabled from many Android phones.

    3. From your link, troll:

      In a blog post, chpwn confirms that, based on his initial testing, Apple has added some form of Carrier IQ software to all versions of iOS, including iOS 5. However, the good news is that it does not appear to actually send any information so long as a setting called DiagnosticsAllowed is set to off, which is the default. Finally, the local logs on iOS seem to store much less information than what has been seen on Android, limited to some call activity and location (if enabled), but not any text from the web browser, SMS, or anywhere else.

  1. Apple’s not involved, therefore I see little promise in the way of press coverage. It’s not even worth doing a press release.

    This sounds like a job for a real U.S. Senator.

    1. Apple is a brightly lit phenomenon, so any news, especially something that might tarnish the aura makes headlines. Android, et al, exist more in the periphery of public consciousness.

      The Huffington post version of this story, although showing an htc with it, is linked from their main page with an image which features an iPhone. Otherwise, I’m sure, fewer people would follow the link.

    2. … involved, the vast majority of the visitors to this site (including ME) get defensive … and a bit nasty. We tell Al Franken that a) he’s wrong and b) yer a faker! Well … some of us. So he backs off a bit. Now he dodges a similar trap, partly because he has bigger fish to fry (right, Tea Baggers?), so now you are all up-tight about THAT? Maybe you are more upset by the efforts of a liberal than you are about what he may have said – or not – about Apple and its competitors?

  2. Following the recent reports about members of Congress trading in the stocks of companies their legislation affects, perhaps there’s more to this story than meets the eye.

  3. Maybe the govt will react if this turns out to be a REAL problem, not an OMFG conspiracy theory by Grow a pair and deal with it. Sheesh, My phone is probably tracking me right now. Yeah? So are cookies! and session tokens! Go hide under your bed already.

      1. If there is weird software running on your purchased device then demand the manufacturer/carrier to explain its existence then remove it. The feds have bigger problems to deal with than with some rootkit that private companies willfully installed on their products.

        1. just because you are a simpleton, it doesn’t mean everyone else is.

          have fun reveling in your tiny minded worldview while the rest of us stay engaged and concerned with the rights and wrongs of the world.

          1. The senator has filed for a response. There, you happy now The feds have intervened in a private company doing business with other private companies. I don’t normally comment here because it’s an intense wingnutosphere on this site but I had to point out the hypocrisy of people wanting government to ignore risky business but subsidize the clean-up. Don’t take my indifference as being myopic. I just know (from experience) when the right time is to push the Panic Button, instead of knee-jerk spamming it. Cheers.

    1. So it’s OK with you if Carrier IQ records your banking ID and password and sends it off to God knows where, presumably in the clear? This is not in the same universe as cookie tracking.

  4. Anyone questioning the qualifications of Senator Smalley need only look at the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee meeting videos with Google. I have a link to the first on my site. It’s embarrassing how little the people who represent our interests know about technology.

    1. I was enjoying that one, too. But it’s actually just another way for them to take potshots at Congress from the cheap seats. If there is an investigations, don’t worry, they’ll pan that, too.

      The faux conservatives who sermonize, moralize, and rant on here in safe anonymity are just overcompensating for the distress of having tiny appendages.

      1. True as far as it goes. May I remind you that although anonymity may cloak cowardice, it serves other purposes? Some may use it to try out new personalities. Some may use it to preserve a meaningful social life while avoiding stalkers. Some are double-blind crowdsourcing. 😉

  5. Hey, nice. An Apple “fanboy” providing me with an opportunity to prove I can pee further: I’ve been using Macs since 1989, currently own and use a 27″ iMac, a MacBook, 2 iPhones (don’t ask), an iPod Touch and an iPad. However I hate when some show their ignorance and not check facts before they post.

      1. Not a problem, young’en.

        But 89? Only 1989? I’ve been using Apple computers since my first Apple II and still have a running Mac Plus, 7100 and Powerbook 160 from 1992 (93?) in the house.

        Now get off my lawn!


  6. From Senator Franken office:

    Franken, the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and Law, wrote a letter to Carrier IQ president and CEO Larry Lenhart on Thursday demanding further answers, specifically details on what exactly the software tracks and where that information goes.

    “I understand the need to provide usage and diagnostic information to carriers. I also understand that carriers can modify Carrier IQ’s software. But it appears that Carrier IQ’s software captures a broad swath of extremely sensitive information from users that would appear to have nothing to do with diagnostics — including who they are calling, the contents of the texts they are receiving, the contents of their searches, and the websites they visit,” Franken wrote.

    “These actions may violate federal privacy laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This is potentially a very serious matter.”

    Franken asked the company to respond by Dec. 14.

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