Apple confirmed that it will stop supporting the software Carrier IQ, which stores data and sends it to cellphone service suppliers. In addition, Apple also stated to All Things D that it will remove it completely in a future iPhone software update.
With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, consumers must actively opt-in to share this information, after they do; the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form without comprising any personal information. They do not have plan to record keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data.
So how to block Carrier IQ right now, if you’re using iOS 5 or greater on your iPhone? You can follow simple guide:
First is the instructions how to stop data from being automatically sent:
Settings App > General > About > Diagnostics & Usage > Don’t Send
For Android users, there’s an app for them to find out if Carrier IQ is on their phone.
Second is how to remove it manually:
In this situation customers’ cellular supplier already collects reams of data about where you’re going, what websites you’re accessing, who you’re texting, and a lot more. Keeping diagnostic data from being sent to the cellular provider is not actually give you much more privacy than you already give up by using a smartphone. The issue is that it’s storing a small amount of that data on your iPhone itself, which could be mined and looked at by nosy people doing forensics on your tablet. However, in case you’re not careful about covering your tracks, others can also see your browser history, texts you’ve sent and received, calls you’ve made, location data and a lot more.
According to security experts and Carrier IQ, the purpose of Carrier IQ is to gather data so cellular companies can find out network issues. Therefore, if everyone disables data uploading, carriers will have a harder time with network upkeep.