Saurik released Privacy a one of a kind application that allows you to selectively opt-out of sending anonymous usage statistics to some app developers. Recently, Joey Hess discovered the Pre’s smartphone OS was sending users’ GPS locations back to Palm on a daily basis. According to Joey “ I’ve been taking a closer look at the WebOS side of my Palm Pre tonight, and I noticed that it periodically uploads information to Palm, Inc. The first thing sent is intended to be my GPS location. It’s the same location I get if I open the map app on the Pre. Not very accurate in this case, but I’ve seen it be accurate enough to find my house before. “ Yeah, it’s allowed by the EULA that you must accept to use the Palm Pre. In case of Apple EULA they don’t forces you to accept such kind of agreements. But some analytics services like Pinch Media tracks many of your information and you don’t even knows about that…
ReadWriteWeb revealed in their recent post Dear iPhone Users: Your Apps are Spying on You. In answer of RWW Pinch media also to on their blog to clarify that Pinch media is not a Spyware, and they described in detail how they uses these information. iPhone app Analytics is a service for iPhone app developers offered by Pinch Media, Mobclix, Medialets and Flurry that generates detailed statistics about the user of their app. lets take a quick look how these services collects your location, it must first ask you for permission to use your location. If you tap “Don’t Allow”, it will ask you again in about a minute, the next time its ad changes. So you either stop using this app, or you submit and tap “OK” and your locations will be collected.
Lets take a look what Pinch Media gathered your information without your knowledge :
- iPhone’s unique ID
- iPhone model
- OS version
- Application version (in this case, camera zoom 1.x)
- If the application is cracked/pirated
- If your iPhone is jailbroken
- Time & date you start the application
- Time & date you close the application
- Your current latitude & longitude
- Your gender (if Facebook enabled)
- Your birth month (if Facebook enabled)
- Your birth year (if Facebook enabled)
So your Apps spying on you and you don’t even know about this, here we got our Reason #16524221 to Jailbreak our iPhone. Saurik (Mind behind Cydia) announced Privacy to make you able disabling the tracking on you. This app is a team effort of Saurik, Big Boss and the provider of these services. Privacy Cydia app is free of cost and available on Sauriks repo which is by default in Cydia.
- To install Privacy launch the Cydia and do a simple search for Privacy and hit the install button. Once installation finishes reboot the springboard button will appear.
- After rebooting the spring board you’ll find a new option in your Setting panel called Privacy here you can enable or disable the global tracking. For details check the screenshots given above.
In order to install Privacy you need Cydia and Cydia is available for jailbreaked phones only. If you haven’t jailbreaked yet and giving a serious thought to try it then we have detailed guides for jailbreaking your iPhone 2G, 3G and 3GS based on Dev Team tool RedSn0w.
- iPhone 2G Unlock/Jailbreak iPhone 2g OS 3.0 Using RedSn0w on Windows Mac
- iPhone 3G Jailbreak iPhone 3G OS 3.0 With RedSn0w on Windows Mac
- iPhone 3GS How to Jailbreak iPhone 3GS OS 3.0 With Redsn0w 0.8
Disclaimer : We are not encouraging you to Jailbreak your phone, you are smart enough to choose what is right or wrong for you. But still if you have any doubts please take a look at our previous post and add your valuable comments at iPhone/iPod Touch Jailbreaking Unlocking is Legal or Illegal.