We knew lawsuits would arise over Carrier IQ. Just a day after the US Senate launched an investigation into the debacle, Carrier IQ, Samsung and HTC have been nailed with class action lawsuits that could cost them hundreds of millions of dollars.
As we expected, the suits allege that Carrier IQ as well as Samsung and HTC violated the Federal Wiretap Act. The suits allege that while customers were using their phones, the handset makers were surreptitiously monitoring and collecting private information without permission. If they lose, the companies could face penalties of $US100 million for every day that violation took place. Ouch. [Paidcontent.org via Techmeme]