FBI Rejects FOIA Request over Carrier IQ Documents
The FBI rejected a Freedom of Information Request by MuckRock, a small organization that helps journalists file FOIA requests. MuckRock is seeking “manuals, documents or other written guidance used to access or analyze data gathered by programs developed or deployed by Carrier IQ.”
Carrier IQ, of course, is the company who’s software was found to be secretly logging user location and actions on millions of wireless devices.
What is still unclear is whether the FBI used Carrier IQ’s software in its own investigations, whether it is currently investigating Carrier IQ, or whether it is some combination of both - not unlikely given the recent uproar over the practice coupled with the U.S. intelligence communities reliance on third-party vendors. The response would seem to indicate at least the former, since the request was specifically for documents related directly to accessing and analyzing Carrier IQ data.