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No Carrier IQ on Windows Phone

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.

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Posted by Scott Bekker on December 01, 2011 at 11:58 AM