EFF in the News
Just because Carrier IQ says that it doesn't track keystrokes or a lot of other information, do we have to believe them? The answer is no, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation aims to find out for itself what Carrier IQ monitored from your smartphones.
Parker Higgins, an activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), told Mashable that groups like the 60 Plus Association likely support the bill because they receive money from companies with a more direct interest in SOPA passing — in the 60 Plus Association’s case, for example, from pharmaceutical companies.
But the Electronic Frontier Foundation signed off on Silk, in part, because you can turn off the cloud-accelerated browsing feature. Here's how, in two easy steps:
The EFF has asked that anyone who is willing and able offer their assistance in gathering these profiles. If you have a rooted or jailbroken phone, you have access to your Carrier IQ profile. So, if you can find your Carrier IQ profile, the EFF asks that you email a copy of the profile as well as what device you found it on and where you found it on the device.
At this point we have a fairly good idea of what Carrier IQ is, and which manufacturers and carriers see fit to install it on their phones, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) — the preeminent protector of your digital rights — has taken it one step further and reverse engineered some of the program’s code to work out what’s actually going on.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has begun the project of reverse engineering the CIQ "Profiles," which vary from device to device and carrier to carrier, but on each are the set of instructions that tell the phone what data to collect, when, and how to store it. The profiles do not contain the specific tracking data from each device, just the instructions for collecting it.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation responded in a lengthy e-mail Tuesday evening to a request by the International Business Times to explain why the Internet advocacy organization does not believe Twitter censors or blocks users based on the content of their Tweets.
"#NDAA has generated at least 117,000 tweets in the last seven days. Does that sound like censorship to anyone?" Trevor Timm, an activist with the EFF wrote in the Tuesday email. "Most importantly, Twitter--as official company policy--is vehemently against SOPA. So even if they did censor (which, again, they don't), why would they ever censor its users for expressing the company line?"
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) put out an open call for developers to help them figure out how the controversial, smartphone-spying Carrier IQ software actually works.