Today in Mobile

Developer Trevor Eckhart has released a video detailing the workings of the popular (but little-known) software from Carrier IQ, and the findings are disturbing. The app — which is pre-installed on more than 140 million phones, is nearly impossible to get rid of and can’t be disabled — logs nearly every activity on the phone, from dialed numbers to the content of text messages to Web browsing, and reports that information back to Carrier IQ’s servers. The company claims its software is used to “measure key parameters of service and usage,” as my colleague Kevin C. Tofel notes in this thoughtful post, but I highly doubt most consumers will be OK with it. Expect some fallout in the coming days — and probably beyond.