With people freaking out over the thought of Carrier IQ lurking in their mobile devices, carriers and manufacturers alike are scrambling to clear the air.
RIM, for one, has come forth to say that Carrier IQ does not come preinstalled on BlackBerrys and cannot be authorized for carriers to add after purchase. The Waterloo company also says it is investigating Android developer Trevor Eckhart’s claims, which directly oppose RIM’s views in its statement.
RIM is aware of a recent claim by a security researcher that an application called “CarrierIQ” is installed on mobile devices from multiple vendors without the knowledge or consent of the device users. RIM does not pre-install the CarrierIQ app on BlackBerry smartphones or authorize its carrier partners to install the CarrierIQ app before sales or distribution. RIM also did not develop or commission the development of the CarrierIQ application, and has no involvement in the testing, promotion, or distribution of the app. RIM will continue to investigate reports and speculation related to CarrierIQ.