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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.
    Source:
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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. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      It's on my iPhone



      Sent from my JB iPhone 4
    1. M3mph1s's Avatar
      M3mph1s -
      Just noticed we're up to 0.2. Anyone know what was changed?
    1. Dizi's Avatar
      Dizi -
      Anyone know a method to view this info in Google Earth? Something to convert it into a kml file, maybe?
    1. chakraj's Avatar
      chakraj -
      My appstore updates tab is not working since the install of untrackd, it says can not connect to itunesstore, but it will download new apps.
    1. Browning151's Avatar
      Browning151 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gatorchomp83 View Post
      Through a very quick Google search (read: 20 seconds) I found the following article, that completely debunks what you said.



      Michigan Police Deny Secretly Extracting Mobile Data During Traffic Stops
      I'm not too proud to admit when I'm wrong, good lookin out.
    1. jamez1's Avatar
      jamez1 -
      Appreciate it!
    1. Browning151's Avatar
      Browning151 -
      Quote Originally Posted by chakraj View Post
      My appstore updates tab is not working since the install of untrackd, it says can not connect to itunesstore, but it will download new apps.
      Just checked, mine is doing the same thing.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Subject: Location blocker issues (via Twitter)

      @rpetrich
      @pushfix restores from backup fail, reduces locationd's ability to get a fix, kills location fencing (not that my version is perfect either)

      I suggest using untrackerd until a more elegant solution is available.
    1. chrisw05's Avatar
      chrisw05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dtbeavin View Post
      Works great. Ran the consolidated data base on google fushion to see the map. It took about 40 minutes to load but it logged everywhere I have been since last june when I got my phone. I installed untrackerd and ran the consolidated.db again and all cleared up. Good app.
      How would i do this it would be interesting to see.
    1. chakraj's Avatar
      chakraj -
      I bet apple grabs a copy of the file every time you go to the appstore, they then save it on their hard drives.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      Just checked, mine is doing the same thing.
      Could/likely be a problem with Apple. I uninstalled untrackerd and it still fails even after several reboots.
    1. chakraj's Avatar
      chakraj -
      Maybe its because your consolidated file is empty now, so they wont let you connect?

      Also a maybe here, Maybe Apple is making some backdoor changes to cover their buts from being sued, so they had to shut down the updates while changing some things. Then they can act innocent, we dont use the file, we just like to have it in case there is a natural disaster so we can save you.
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      I think we just found the real reason why Apple is so against Jailbreaking. They didn't want the whole world to find out they were being tracked by Apple. Untrackerd installed! I've said it many times and now I mean it more than ever, I wouldn't even want my iPhone if I couldn't jailbreak it!
    1. dazzamcm's Avatar
      dazzamcm -
      I installed this but my consolidated file hasn't changed in size, I'm on 4.2.1.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by dazzamcm View Post
      I installed this but my consolidated file hasn't changed in size, I'm on 4.2.1.
      Using untrackerd, the size will never change because it's a dababase file but the records inside the database are being deleted. It should not continue to get larger
    1. CausticGrip's Avatar
      CausticGrip -
      AT&T cannot tell if you use MyWi or not. They are guessing based on your data consumption.
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      /\
      I really like your signature Mes.
    1. jamez1's Avatar
      jamez1 -
      I too am "unable to connect" in the App Store Updates tab.

      I've tried the following:
      1.) Uninstall Untrackerd
      2.) Reboot iP4 v4.2.1
      3.) Copy .db from laptop to iP4
      Same results

      I'm restoring from my earlier backup (prior to installing Untrackerd) and will update when it finishes.
    1. drewstone's Avatar
      drewstone -
      Quote Originally Posted by CausticGrip View Post
      AT&T cannot tell if you use MyWi or not. They are guessing based on your data consumption.
      this was posted yesterday from someone that called at&t, and it seems legit.....

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      Alright, the person I talked to knew what she was doing and I got some information out of her. I need to know if what I explain is possible for them to identify.

      I tether to watch Netflix on my laptop sometimes along with surf, play WoW, ect... I use a good amount of data (just over 5gb/month usually). I gave the typical watching Netflix, MLB.TV, Pandora answer to why it could have been identified. She said it could have been an accident or mistake. I asked how it could have been a mistake. She explained that they are looking at the IP address and wireless devices show an IP address of say a three digit number to start the address (maybe 300.142.4.2) and a laptop uses a 100 series of numbers in the first three digits. If I am only watching Netflix and junk on my phone it will only be 300 series data (mobile device). I mentioned I connect to a VPN on my phone and asked if that could be the reason (I don't really). She said even on a VPN it is a 300 series for mobile devices. She also said they were not provided with the times in which my account was tethered but they indeed can identify it.

      It sounded pretty logical. Was she talking out her behind or is this how they are doing it. The account says if I'm tethering after April 30 they will switch my account over. She explained there is an appeals process if I think I have been unfairly switch, although she said nobody has used that process yet (How would she know?). What do you guys think?
    1. rednite's Avatar
      rednite -
      Question. So when you download "untracked" from cydia, will you still continue to get notifications from AT&T about using MyWi?