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Official : Carrier IQ is not being used by UK mobile network to spy on handset owners

British broadsheet newspaper The Guardian has published an article relating to the recent revelation that certain mobile phones and network have the Carrier IQ diagnostics software, which logs every keystroke that the user makes on the device.

The Guardian has it that the UK mobile phone networks have insisted that they do not use Carrier IQ diagnostics software after privacy concerns were raised in the US, over its discovery on Android phones and Apple's iPhone.

The website has gone on to note that Carrier IQ has said that its software is installed on more than 141m handsets worldwide, and that its "mobile intelligence" solution "eliminates guesswork by automatically providing accurate, real-time data direct from the source.

Vodafone, Orange and O2 told the Guardian that they do not install the software in the UK and that to the best of their knowledge it is not shipped in any of the phones they sell.

Google has indicated that the software is not included on any of its "flagship" phones - the Google Nexus One, Nexus S, and Galaxy Nexus handsets, which were built as showcases for versions of its Android mobile operating system.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.