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FBI sought to monitor cellphones, firm says

But software use request rebuffed

By Richard Lardner
Associated Press / December 16, 2011
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A senior executive at a technology company that makes monitoring software secretly installed on 141 million cellphones said yesterday that the FBI approached the company about using its technology but was rebuffed. The disclosure came one day after FBI Director Robert Mueller assured Congress that agents “neither sought nor obtained any information’’ from the company, Carrier IQ.

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