NEW YORK (PIX11)—Imagine a world where your every move, your every text, or tweet is monitored. It is a world we are living in.
And we can thank modern technology for that. Especially programs like Carrier IQ. Earlier this week a researcher named, Trevor Eckhart, posted a video showing how the software could log every keystroke, text, and website smartphone users visited.
And now people are worried that their private lives are in fact, not so private.
"It scares me, to know that someone can reconstruct what my day is looking like," said Cynthia Neuwalder. She and John Brett were relaxing in the shadow of the Flatiron Sprint store Friday. "Big brother is watching all the time," said Brett.
Carrier IQ released a statement in response to the uproar, saying people's privacy is protected.
The company says " our software does not record, store or transmit the contents of SMS messages, email, photographs, audio or video. For example, we understand whether an SMS was sent accurately, but do not record or transmit the content of the SMS."
Some cell phone companies have denied using Carrier IQ. Although AT & T and Sprint say they use it only to improve network performance. Apple says it hasn't used Carrier IQ since it released iOS 5. And Apple says it will remove the software from its products in a future software update.
While consumers may want their privacy back, CNET.COM's Ackerman says the danger may be overblown. Still, he thinks some cell phone companies will stop using the software to prevent consumer backlash.
For people looking to check if their phone has Carrier IQ software, a new android app popped up Friday. It is called Voodoo Carrier IQ Detector. Because it is so new, the creator says results are not reliable yet. But there will be updates soon.