Manchester, United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 17, 2012 -- MJ Worldwide, an up and coming sales and marketing company that represent the telecommunications industry, has put forward their opinion on the recent Phone Snooping software brought forward by a disgruntled US senator. Carrier IQ has been given two weeks to explain its actions by a US Senator. The maker of the smartphone software that triggered a snooping row has been called to account by a US Senator.
Senator Al Franken has written to Carrier IQ asking it to explain the "troubling" findings of security expert Trevor Eckhart. Mr Eckhart claimed Carrier IQ software could log everything people did on their smartphones but did not ask for consent to record data. Carrier IQ said its software helped diagnose faults, not spy on users. MJ Worldwide's managing director exclaims 'This is grounds for legal action, every consumer has to confirm with the company if they will allow them to record personal information.' Carrier IQ said its software did not record keystrokes but was a diagnostic tool used by operators. Despite Carrier IQ's claims, some of the data being acquired had nothing to do with diagnostics. If Mr Eckhart's findings were borne out, he warned, Carrier IQ could have broken US law.
MJ Worldwide has reviewed Mr Eckhart's findings which he demonstrated via a video on YouTube. MJ Worldwide being a progressing corporate business in the sales and marketing field is appalled by this lack of protocol, Mr Eckhart states in the video: 'The revelation that the locations and other sensitive information of millions of Americans are being secretly recorded and possibly transmitted is extremely troubling, Carrier IQ has a lot of questions to answer,' he said.
MJ Worldwide has reviewed an article about how several handsets and has found that: The software has been found on Samsung handsets and some Android phones from HTC.
It has also been found on the iPhone 4. Apple said it had stopped using the software on the iPhone 4S and other devices running its iOS 5 system software.
US operators known to be using it include AT&T and Sprint. UK operators told The Guardian that they did not use the software. Nokia and RIM have issued statements saying they do not let the software ship on their products.
MJ Worldwides MD says that 'This is a major breach of privacy and they could face some serious charges.' Carrier IQ has until 14 December to respond to the letter. Mr Franken wrote the letter in his capacity as chairman of the Senate subcommittee on privacy, technology and the law.