Sprint Stops Using Carrier IQ Data Collection Software

Just a couple of weeks after the Carrier IQ data collection software controversy rocked the tech world in the US, Sprint has officially confirmed it will no longer use Carrier IQ software.

This move comes only two weeks after it was discovered that another company, had embedded data collection software into millions of smartphones without user knowledge or permission.

Until now, Sprint was arguing in favour of using Carrier IQ software. However, the move does not mean the softwae in smartphone devices have been disabled or data collected to date have been permanently deleted.

Instead, the withdrawal of support for Carrier IQ software only means the company will no longer collect data using the software.

"We have weighed customer concerns and we have disabled use of the tool so that diagnostic information and data is no longer being collected," said Sprint spokeswoman Stephanie Vinge in an email, the LA Times reports.

"We are further evaluating options regarding this diagnostic software as well as Sprint's diagnostic needs," the email added. It is unknown what Sprint plans to do with the data it has already collected.