Mobile, tech companies ensnared in Carrier IQ privacy lawsuit

Tuesday - 12/6/2011, 5:15pm EST

Eight companies are headed to court over their use of Carrier IQ software, Computerworld reports.

The lawsuit says the companies have violated federal wiretap laws because Carrier IQ's services, which provides analytics, are intrusive and infringe on users' privacy.

Carrier IQ's software can be installed by service providers and device makers, Computerworld reports, to diagnose technical issues like draining batteries.

The lawsuit names Apple, Carrier IQ, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, HTC, Motorola and Samsung. Representatives for Apple said they are removing Carrier IQ software from their devices.

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