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Apple Statement: ‘We Stopped Supporting Carrier IQ with iOS 5’

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Apple has issued a statement over Carrier IQ, and in a note to AllThingsD, they mentioned Carrier IQ was removed from iOS 5:

“We stopped supporting Carrier IQ 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.”

Apple clearly emphasizes the company does not record keystrokes or personal information. Earlier, Rogers and Telus claimed they don’t have Carrier IQ on any of their devices.

While this may prove to be true for iPhones running iOS 5, one our readers did find evidence of Carrier IQ on his Rogers iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.3.3. The Carrier IQ binary (/usr/bin/aw_ice2) is present on his phone.

Carrier IQ is taking heat in the U.S., as Senator Al Franken has demanded answers to questions over the alleged tracking of devices.

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