AT&T acquires elements of telephone-monitoring firm Service IQ

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Service IQ got here beneath scrutiny in 2011 as the general public discovered about its practices of capturing the consumer knowledge on greater than one hundred forty million cellular units. The corporate logged the place and when individuals made calls or despatched textual content messages, which apps they used, how they used the online and different cellular habits, and it was employed by main carriers together with Dash, Apple, AT&T and HTC. Now, in a submit-Snowden world, Service IQ seems to have shut down, and AT&T has picked up its software program and a few employees, a spokesperson tells TechCrunch.

“We use CIQ software program solely to enhance the client’s community and wi-fi service expertise,” the AT&T spokesperson says. “That is consistent with our Privateness Coverage and supplies an ideal profit to customers of our community.”

TechCrunch stories that Nielsen will license sure Service IQ software program from AT&T. Ericsson, IBM, Symphony Teleca and Teradata are amongst Service IQ clients, and T-Cellular makes use of its software program, the location says.

The Service IQ web site is offline. AT&T acquired the rights to its software program, although it did not buy the corporate outright — which suggests it should not be on the hook for any ongoing lawsuits towards Service IQ, TechCrunch says.

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