Carrier IQ, a name that will live in infamy, hasn’t heard or seen the end of the bad luck train. As of this morning, much has developed in the big-brother scandal. First, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) issued two separate letters to Carrier IQ, HTC, Samsung, Sprint, and AT&T to ask for responses to some pointed questions by December 14th. If that wasn’t enough pressure, Samsung, HTC, and Carrier IQ has also been hit with the first wave of class-action lawsuits. We all know that class-actions can be extremely costly, often to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.
The lawsuit alleges that the companies violated the Federal Wiretap Act which prohibits companies or individuals from intercepting oral, wire, or electronic communications. Under the Federal Wiretap Act, the companies can face fines of up to $100 a day for each violation. Now multiply that by the millions of people that use Samsung or HTC phones, it’s staggering. For now, all we can do is monitor the situation as it unfolds. Hopefully this will set a strong enough precedent so the Android community will no longer have to worry about big brother watching.
via Android and Me