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FBI inadvertently admits to using Carrier IQ data

Fbi-logoAnd the Carrier IQ saga just got even more interesting. A recent Freedom of Information Act request has basically proven that the FBI is using data that was collected by software made by Carrier IQ, but they're not detailing how.

The request asked for  "manuals, documents or other written guidance used to access or analyze data gathered by programs developed or deployed by Carrier IQ."  The FBI responded by stating, "The material you requested is located in an investigative file which is exempt from disclosure." In other words, under current law, they don't have to disclose anything might "reasonably interfere" with a current, ongoing investigation. But by saying this, they're admitting that they've got stuff collected by Carrier IQ.

But before you put on your tin foil hats, it's still unclear whether or not the FBI is using Carrier IQ's software to aid in its own investigations, or whether it's simply investigating Carrier IQ itself. In any case, if this is the type of thing you tend to worry about, now might be the perfect time to root your HTC EVO and install a custom ROM that has this software disabled.

But if you're not doing anything illegal, you should have nothing to worry about … right?

[MuckRock via Gizmodo]
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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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