Al Franken Gives Carrier IQ A December 14 Deadline To Answer For Privacy Allegations

Sen. Al Franken sent the CEO of Carrier IQ, Larry Lenhart, a letter this morning asking for more details on how the service works and what kind of information it can get from users’ smartphones.

In the letter, Franken says: “The revelation that the locations and other sensitive data of millions of Americans are being secretly recorded and possibly transmitted is deeply troubling. This news underscores the need for Congress to act swiftly to protect the location information and private, sensitive information of consumers. But right now, Carrier IQ has a lot of questions to answer.”

He also asserts that if Carrier IQ does gather personal data, the company could be in violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

The letter has dozens of questions for Carrier IQ to answer, including what kind of personal data the company gathers without users knowing about. (Phone calls, texts, e-mails, websites, etc.)

We’ve embedded the full letter below:

111201 Letter to CarrierIQ