AT&T acquires assets and some staff from Carrier IQ

AT&T acquires assets and some staff from Carrier IQ

According to a TechCrunch report, bigwig US wireless carrier AT&T has acquired the assets and some employees of phone-monitoring startup Carrier IQ. As a result of the move, Carrier IQ has effectively shut down.

The financial terms of the deal, under which AT&T has acquired the rights to Carrier IQ’s controversial data-collection software, have not been officially disclosed.

Carrier IQ was caught in a controversy of sorts in 2011, when it was publicly revealed that the startup captures user information on over 140 million mobile devices. The company – employed by tech biggies like Apple, AT&T, Sprint and HTC, among others – used data-collection software to log where and when mobile users made calls or sent text messages, which apps were being used by them, and details about their Web usage and mobile behavior.

With regard to the acquisition of certain parts of Carrier IQ, an AT&T spokesperson told TechCrunch: "We’ve acquired the rights to Carrier IQ’s software, and some CIQ employees moved to AT&T."

Further adding that CIQ software is used by AT&T “solely to improve the customer's network and wireless service experience," the AT&T spokesperson said: "This is in line with our Privacy Policy and provides a great benefit to users of our network."

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