PrivaCy – Keep App Store Apps From Tracking Your Personal Information

Available In: Cydia       Price: Free  

PrivaCy Saurik recently released an application in Cydia called PrivaCy. PrivaCy is an application that allows you to “selectively opt-out of sending anonymous usage statistics” to certain providers such as; Flurry, Medialets, Mobclix and Pinch Media. According to a recent post by the Dev-Team, there is some concern over App Store applications that track the user’s information including; usage and geo location. You can read Saurik’s full description of the application below.

PrivaCy can be installed by going into the Cydia section of the Cydia app (or, search for PrivaCy in Cydia). Once installed, you can then go into the stock Settings application > PrivaCy and choose to turn on/off the ability to send anonymous usage statistics for Flurry, Medialets, Mobclix and Pinch Media.

Description:

It has recently come to the attention of angry Cydia users that they are being watched by many of the applications they have installed from the App Store.

Sites like I-phone-home have been discussing this in detail, leading to a post on the Dev-Team Blog about one provider in particular: Pinch Media.

Pinch Media, however, is not the only tracking provider: on the iPhone alone there are three other companies: Flurry, Medialets, and Mobclix.

Developers integrate these systems for much the same reason people use Google Analytics: to better understand how their customers use their products.

Unfortunately, due to the restrictions Apple places on their App Store, these providers are unable to directly interface with the users they affect.

Instead, they rely on developers of every single application to document what information is being logged, and allow users to “opt-out” if they desire.

Thanks to applications like redsn0w and Cydia, however, these restrictions are no longer important: a system-wide global “opt-out” setting is now possible.

Pinch Media realized this fact, and took the lead in contacting me regarding getting this feature out there to all the users of jailbroken devices: they care.

With BigBoss, we then contacted all of the other providers, getting not only their blessing, but also their technical expertise in disabling their systems.

The result is PrivaCy: a new Settings panel that allows you to selectively opt-out of sending anonymous usage statistics to each of these providers.

This extension was a team effort, and was able to be executed as quickly as it was thanks to the help and interest of the companies involved.

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Comments

  1. I get the following error when I try to install PrivaCy:

    Cannot Locate Package

    The package com.sauik.privacy
    cannot be found in your current
    sources. I might recommend
    installing more sources.

    Which repro source has PrivaCy?

    Thanks

  2. I got that too, and when I tried to add that source, I kept getting a “Cannot be found” message.

  3. Hmmmm

    Thank you for the suggestion. After performing a re-install of the community resources, with no errors being reported, I still receive the same error. I have no idea what else to do. The source IS installed but I have never received an update to it. When I went to install it, there was no “update” option, just a “re-install” option implying it was already at it’s proper version. I did do a re-install and restarted the Cydia application. But still no go.

    I’m still open for suggestions. If none, do you have a way to contact the author?

    Thank you.

  4. Anyone?

  5. DIMITRIOS TSOLAKIS says

    i also have the same error in my iphone i cant install privacy opt-out its on home page but when i click i get exactly the same error but i never update anything so many weeks have passed i hardly update and thats why, and now i have far too many updates really contaminated in the updates section and whereever i read on the net about the solution of installing updates and the repo will come automatically if i have to install all these updates i will need to repwn my iphone and i just dont know which update to choose from the infinitive list.
    i think someone should make a video on youtube exactly telling us the cydia source or telling us on what date to look at on updates and the exact update so that the repo will come automatically.as its confusing :i checked on you tube under title privacy opt out cydia and it just explains to youi the normal way of doing it by default from home page of cydia
    and now with so many irrelevant sources installed in cydia and with so many sources down this privacy opt-out could be brain cracking to install i wish somebody expert could become more specific as its nice for a telephone to have some privacy.
    many thanks to anyone being specific

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