Nightly News | December 02, 2011
>>> we are back now with more on the story we reported last night about the software in millions of smartphones that some experts say is spying on us users, tracking virtually everything we do with our phones from key strokes to phone calls . our justice correspondent pete williams has more on what's really going on inside these devices. pete's with us from our washington bureau. hey, pete. good evening.
>> reporter: that concern has now turned up in court with three class action lawsuits filed on behalf of cell phone users in california, illinois and delaware. they claim software in androids, htc, some blackberrys, older apple iphones is extensively tracking what they do with their phones. the lawsuits follow the posting of a youtube video by a security researcher who claimed he could watch the software record every key stroke on a phone including text messages . the software is embedded in 140 million smartphones and the company that makes it says it's strictly for quality control, not for spying on users. carrier iq says its software does not record, store or transmit the contents of sms or text messages , e-mail, photographs, audio or video. the company says the software reports how well phones are working and flags trouble when something goes wrong. most users aren't aware the program is on their phones and it can't be disabled but one phone maker says it is finding a way for phone owners to turn it off if they want.
>> this is only going to get bigger. pete williams , thanks.