Carrier IQ, HTC, Apple and more targeted in lawsuit

The fallout from Carrier IQ's disastrous handling of accusations that its software spies on smartphone users continues, with the company named alongside smartphone makers and mobile networks in a class action complaint.

The class action, filed in the federal court of Wilmingdon, Delaware by law firms Sianni & Straite, Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, and Keefe Bartels, names Carrier IQ alongside smartphone makers Apple, HTC, Samsung and Motorola in addition to mobile providers AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile as being responsible for the use of Carrier IQ's 'rootkit' software to monitor and track smartphone users across the nation.

Accusing the companies of "wilfully violating customers' privacy rights in direct violation of federal law," the suit alleges violations of the Federal Wiretap Act, the Stored Electronic Communications Act and the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

"This latest revelation of corporate America's brazen disregard for the digital privacy rights of its customers is yet another example of the escalating erosion of liberty in this country," an incensed David Straite, one of the attorneys leading the action, claimed in a statement to press." We are hopeful that the courts will allow ordinary customers the opportunity to remedy this outrageous breach."

In the court filing, the plaintiffs call for the class action to be recognised as valid and compensatory damages to be awarded, and the named defendants to be restrained from "installing software on cell phones that could track the users' information in violation of federal law."

None of the named companies have yet responded to the filing.