Mobile phone customers sued to the AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp., Apple Inc. and T-Mobile USA, who assert that Carrier IQ Inc. tracking software installed on their phones violates US wiretapping and computer fraud laws.
The lawsuit cites a YouTube report by a technology blogger that alleged to show that Carrier IQ software accumulates information on phone users’ locations, applications and Web browsing and even the keys they press.
Yesterday, four consumers filed a complaint in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, seeking to block the carriers and phone makers from using the software.
After the YouTube report, US Senate Judiciary Committee contacted the company seeking information and claim that the software may breach federal privacy laws, according to a copy of the complaint. The filing of the lawsuit couldn’t be confirmed yesterday through electronic court records.
AT&T and Sprint said in e-mailed statements on Dec. 1 that the software data is used to advance service performance.
An Apple spokeswoman, Natalie Harrison said in a December 1 e-mail that Apple stopped supporting Carrier IQ in mainly products and will remove it completely in a future software update.