Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) has sent a letter to Carrier IQ about reports that it has been collecting sensitive consumer information from millions of smartphone users. The data includes text message content, websites visited, user locations, and detailed call records. This may be an "unlawful intercept" under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA). EPIC recently asked the FTC to investigate similar practices involving Verizon, For more information, see EPIC: Electronic Communications Privacy Act and EPIC: Locational Privacy.
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Jerry Kang and Alan Butler