Apple, Samsung and Others Sued for Using Carrier IQ Monitoring Software

A series of class action lawsuits have been filed against Apple, Samsung and other smartphone makers over their use of the Carrier IQ performance monitoring tool.

The software Carrier IQ provides to smartphone makers and wireless carriers monitors phone performance, logs keystrokes, and records user search activity and web visits.

According to an article in Computer World, a class action lawsuit has been filed by four individuals against Carrier IQ, Apple, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, HTC, Samsung and Motorola.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and accuses the companies of violating the Federal Wiretap Act, the Stored Electronic Communications Act, and the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

The new class action lawsuit is the third of its kind filed against Carrier IQ and its clients.

Carrier IQ has maintained that its software is not a rootkit and is not used for spying on smartphone users. Meanwhile, wireless carriers claim they use the software for network diagnostics. Phone makers have claimed they only installed the software because the wireless carriers asked them to.