Secret software installed on millions of smartphones may be monitoring every text,email and internet page you see.
Threat: Blackberry is one device with the Carrier IQ ‘app’ (Picture: Getty)
The Carrier IQ ‘app’ is installed on at least 140million Android,BlackBerry,Apple and Symbian phones.
In what IT analysts say is an ‘illegal wire tap’,Carrier IQ monitors every ‘keystroke’ that is typed in,as well as locations and other data.
Although its California-based creators deny any wrongdoing,anyone with the software on their phone is being urged to consider legal action.
Carrier IQ did not respond to Metro calls but did post a message on the company’s website.
It said: ‘While we look at many aspects of a device’s performance,we are counting and summarising performance,not recording keystrokes or providing tracking tools.’
But Ernest Doku,technology expert at consumer website uSwitch.com,said: ‘The extent of the data Carrier IQ could have access to – passwords,secure browsing information and bank details – is genuinely frightening for businesses and consumers alike.
‘There needs to be clarity and transparency on what these stealthy applications can do.’
The deeply-embedded surveillance app is mainly found in the US.