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  • 'untrackerd' Cydia Tweak stops iOS Location Data Storing


    Following yesterday's discovery that iOS 4 on both iPhone and iPad are actually tracking a users every location, on the fly, at every moment, the jailbreak community has beaten Apple to the punch once again and release 'untracked' a simple utility that stops location storing. The app was cooked up by popular JB dev Ryan Petrich released the utility, which stops iOS from writing to the specific database that stores the location. It should not affect any other settings or features of the phone. The latest version is still brand new, and is at build 0.1.

    The particular database file that 'untracked' blocks is consolidated.db, it also will clean up information that already exists in the database. More importantly, the utility requires no options for the user to worry about. It just fixes the problem.

    It's description in Cydia reads:
    This package installs a daemon (process that can run in the background) to clean consolidated.db file) No new icons are added to your homescreen. There are no options to configure.
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    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'untrackerd' Cydia Tweak stops iOS Location Data Storing started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 106 Comments
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      This is kind of late, I got it at about 11 last night hahaha
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      ^Yea .... both were available last night. Not everything watches twitter that close. They have another life (hahahahaha). j/k
    1. CabooseLoL's Avatar
      CabooseLoL -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      Will this affect being able to use find my phone through mobile me?
      Good question.. Can anyone verify that it doesn't affect find my iPhone with mobile me?
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      Quote Originally Posted by davidcribb View Post
      I got it like 5 min after it was added! I heard the story on infowars talk radio, and was like " there needs to be a tweak for this"! I am also eagerly awaiting a tweak that fries the police "steal all your info" computer, that they can attach to like 3000+ phones! I feel that if they wanna violate my fourth amendment, then I reserve the right to fight back! If no app comes out for it, then I will just fill up my phone with "shock imagery" to screw their heads up!
      What the heck are you talking about? When the police search your computer, they already have a warrant and the right under the laws of this country to do so. They aren't violating your rights in any way. Additionally, stop being paranoid. Unless you're involved in CP, financial crime (pirating movies, music, and software doesn't count, that's a civil matter and they don't care about it), or other more important crime, they don't care about you in the least.
    1. Jaywu's Avatar
      Jaywu -
      Man thanks Ryan awesome job!!!!!
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      Quote Originally Posted by ninthchamber99 View Post
      The real question is what does Apple intend on doing with all the data collected?
      Same thing that Google and Blackberry do when they capture the exact same data in addition to your cell phone provider. They sell it to marketing companies that use it to find trends, etc. Everyone does it. Seems funny that it's such a surprise to people suddenly as it's been going on for years. Google tracks your every move across all of their sites and to other's sites. They then sell that information to others and use it themselves. Facebook, Twitter, you name it, they all do it.
    1. vindutch's Avatar
      vindutch -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      Will this affect being able to use find my phone through mobile me?
      I was thinking the same thing.
    1. area51crypto's Avatar
      area51crypto -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      Michigan state police have a computer they are hooking up to people's cell phones during traffic stops that downloads the entire contents of your phone, it's ridiculous.
      I guess I am missing something here.

      Say I get pulled over because my break light is out they just ask me for my cellphone and hook it up to a computer in there squad car and download the phone's contents?

      How are they justifing this?
    1. vindutch's Avatar
      vindutch -
      Just checked, find my iphone still works on mobile me with untrackerd installed
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      Thanks for the clarification. In that case I will use the Pushfix tool
    1. miggyme's Avatar
      miggyme -
      Thank You Ryan. Good Stuff.
    1. Gatorchomp83's Avatar
      Gatorchomp83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vindutch View Post
      Just checked, find my iphone still works on mobile me with untrackerd installed
      I can verify this, as well.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
      Thanks for the clarification. In that case I will use the Pushfix tool
      FYI: I'm on a 3GS and installed the pushfix tool. During my testing, when I set Location ON, the phone would occasionally freeze for 3-4 seconds. The developer tested on an ip4. Maybe there's a connection, maybe it's me.

      I then changed to untrackerd and have not noticed any freezing. Total test time evenly split between the two: about 12 hours.

      Your mileage may vary.
    1. Gatorchomp83's Avatar
      Gatorchomp83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      Michigan state police have a computer they are hooking up to people's cell phones during traffic stops that downloads the entire contents of your phone, it's ridiculous.
      Through a very quick Google search (read: 20 seconds) I found the following article, that completely debunks what you said.

      "The DEDs are not being used to extract citizens' personal information during routine traffic stops."
      Michigan Police Deny Secretly Extracting Mobile Data During Traffic Stops
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      downloaded!
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Good to know, thanks

      ------------------------------ c/p --------------------
      On Wednesday the police released a statement outlining how its employees are supposed to use DEDs. Police must hold a search warrant, or obtain consent from the mobile device holder, before using the DED to extract mobile data. Furthermore the DEDs can only be used by "specialty teams on criminal cases, such as crimes against children," the statement read.

      "The DEDs are not being used to extract citizens' personal information during routine traffic stops."
    1. frail1's Avatar
      frail1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by x12_Carnage View Post
      Lol @ apple.guess they won't be tracking our movements anymore :P
      they're still tracking you, they're just saving that file on their own servers now and not on your phone
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Thanks bunch ! We needed this.
    1. andino93's Avatar
      andino93 -
      Thanks! Hopefully mobile me still works if I need it though a few users already posted it does ^_^