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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.
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.