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Google chairman calls Carrier IQ a ‘keylogger’

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In remarks that distanced Google from the network diagnostic software Carrier IQ, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said that the software was a “keylogger.” The Telegraph reported that the Google executive said that one of the pitfalls of an open platform like Android is that “people can make software for it that’s not very good for you.”

Schmidt said that Google doesn’t work with Carrier IQ and does not support it.

Carrier IQ has denied that it collects keystrokes from users’ handsets. A video posted by security researcher Trevor Eckhart indicates that the program does note when users hit different buttons on their handsets, but so far there isn’t evidence that any of that infomation is transmitted off the device. T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint have all acknowledged that they use Carrier IQ for network diagnostic purposes, but say they do not read the contents of messages or look at information such as Web surfing habits.

Regulators in the European Union have said they are looking into the software, and lawmakers in the United States have urged the Federal Trade Commission to start its own investigation.

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