WiretappingMillions of Americans were tapped secretly by a nefarious software company, and with the aid of Samsung and HTC. The controversy is a tornado twisting about Carrier IQ. This company loaded tracking software on consumers’ mobile phones, which has sparked two lawsuits to start with.

The plaintiffs filed the suit on Thursday against Carrier IQ, Samsung, and HTC, claiming the companies failed to adhere to a federal statute banning wiretapping.

Hundreds of millions of dollars are being sought through the class action lawsuits. The plaintiffs filed them in the Chicago and St. Louis courts to win restitution for Americans whose phones had been loaded with the software in question. The basis for these suits is the Federal Wiretap Act. The penalty is $100 daily for each count, violating the ban on “intercepting oral, wire and electronic communications.”

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