Microsoft confirmed on Monday that Windows Phone devices do not contain Carrier IQ software.
Carrier IQ is a software service that network carriers install on their devices. The software has been the subject of recent controversy following claims by a security research that the software is preinstalled on a number of Android based devices. The software reportedly tracks every key press on a device and can log personal data from the device, including SMS history. The Verge has a great explanation and story board of the recent events. Apple confirmed on Thursday that devices pre-iOS5 contained a version of the software but that it has since been removed with the latest software update. Apple offered the following statement:
“We stopped supporting CarrierIQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update. With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, customers must actively opt-in to share this information, and if they do, the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form and does not include any personal information. We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so.”
Joe Belfiore who oversees Windows Phone Program Management, and is responsible for the design and software product definition of forthcoming generations of Windows phones, confirmed on Thursday that no such software is present on Windows Phone devices. “Since people are asking– Windows Phones don’t have CarrierIQ on them either,” said Belfiore in a Twitter message on Thursday. Microsoft will issue a full statement shortly and we’ll update the article accordingly.