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Google chairman Eric Schmidt has criticised Carrier IQ and added that the company doesn't work with the controversial software maker.

"Android is an open platform, so it's possible for people to build software that's actually not very good for you, and this appears to be one," Schmidt said, according to Reuters.

Late last month an Android app coder published what he described as conclusive proof that millions of smartphones were secretly monitoring key presses, the mobiles' geographic locations and messages sent to users.

Carrier IQ is "a key-logger, and it actually does keep your keystrokes, and we certainly don't work with them and we certainly don't support it," Schmidt added.

Schmidt was speaking on Thursday at an internet freedom conference in The Hague in the Netherlands. The Google-sponsored event was also attended by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who once again warned against restrictions applied to internet access by various countries around the world.

“When ideas are blocked, information deleted, conversations stifled and people constrained in their choices, the internet is diminished for all of us,” Clinton said, according to the New York Times.

“There isn’t an economic internet and a social internet and a political internet. There’s just the internet,” she added. ®

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