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[liberationtech] Carrier IQ

Alec Muffett alec.muffett at gmail.com
Fri Dec 2 01:59:38 PST 2011


>They said that it is not in real time (although technically it could be) but depending on the service, they usually get around 200kb of data including 'aggregated key presses' (their words) once a week. More is sent if a call is dropped, or they want to drill down to a specific user etc.

It's only the matter of aggregation and off-siting the data that
worries me, and maybe the browser integration and what can happen if
the history is accessible or shared.

If anyone wants to see a very similar tool on OSX, open a terminal
window and type "xev" - requires X-windows - which is a X-window GUI
event-debugging tool useful for tracking down issues with keymaps,
etc.

It'll look very familiar to anyone who's seen the CiQ YouTube videos.

The difference is that "xev" is not running by default, not running
24x7, not unkillable, and not uploading the events it captures to a
website, in the manner that CiQ apparently is?

-a



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