Here’s a blast from the past. Back in 2011, there was quite a brouhaha surrounding Carrier IQ when it was discovered that the software was being used on many smartphones and was logging key presses, searches, text messages, and more. Fast-forward to today, and one carrier has decided to acquire the once-maligned Carrier IQ.
It’s kind of crazy to think that a major US carrier is buying the same software that resulted in a lot of anger and even the introduction of a bill in the House of Representatives. All of that happened four years ago, though, and most folks likely forgot about all of that before this news came out. Now AT&T is snapping up some of Carrier IQ’s staff and software bits, and because I’m sure that it’d like to avoid a repeat of 2011, AT&T is probably making sure that these CIQ assets will only monitor its network performance.