/// House Bill Would Require Cellphone Owners Be Notified of Tracking Software

January 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital


A new bill before Congress would require cellphone makers and carriers to let consumers know what software, if any, is installed to track their behavior. Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey said on Monday that he had drafted a bill requiring device makers and others to inform consumers of what software is installed or added to their phones. The move comes after last year’s uproar surrounding Carrier IQ software installed on various devices on behalf of cellular providers. “Consumers have the right to know and to say no to the presence of software on their mobile devices that can collect and transmit their personal and sensitive information,” Markey said in a statement. A number of carriers and device makers have backed away from supporting or using Carrier IQ, including Apple and Sprint . Carrier IQ has also defended its practices . As drafted, the bill would require consumers to be notified when they buy a device about what monitoring software is installed; and to be told if the device maker, carrier or operating-system provider later installs such software, or if a downloaded app also includes tracking software

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