I breathed a sigh of relief today to find that the Carrier IQ smartphone rootkit is not lurking on my Windows Phone (although my colleague Lee Pender has a funny takedown of the whole issue here.)
"Since people are asking-- Windows Phones don't have CarrierIQ on them either," Joe Belfiore, Microsoft corporate vice president of Windows Phone Program Management, Tweeted Thursday.
As an otherwise happy user of a Windows Phone, I can honestly say I'm not surprised. It's not because I trust Microsoft to get the security right, although there have been some third-party claims to that effect. It's because so many other apps aren't available on the Windows Phone yet. Could this just be a happy case of dodging a bullet by being late or having a market share too small to bother with?
Allegedly, there will be a more detailed statement from Microsoft later. In any case, Microsoft joins RIM, Nokia and Verizon in stating that they don't put Carrier IQ on their devices.
Posted by Scott Bekker on December 01, 2011 at 11:58 AM
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