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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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    @rpetrick
    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. vedavis's Avatar
      vedavis -
      Thank you, Ryan!
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      Always cleaning up Apple's mess. Great job!!
    1. mumble09's Avatar
      mumble09 -
      I'm getting it now but I'm sure apple will bring something, somehow to prevent blocking the tracking!
    1. davidcribb's Avatar
      davidcribb -
      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!
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Good stuff!
    1. 14u2nv's Avatar
      14u2nv -
      where is this, I can't find it in Cydia?
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      Good job on this tweek. When I get home, I will be downloading this to my phone/pad. I just hope Apple doesn't kick my door down before I can download it!! I feel like Neo in the beginning of the Matrix when the agents come to his job to find him!!
    1. 14u2nv's Avatar
      14u2nv -
      Found it, apparently my cydia hadn't updated yet and after sitting for a few minutes it did.
    1. brianlg's Avatar
      brianlg -
      Will this affect being able to use find my phone through mobile me?
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      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!
      I'm not sure what you mean by "steal all your info" but I'm getting into the police department soon and I don't want the contents of my phone seen haha aside from the many text messages about pills that I'm sure AT&T/t-mobile has cached I'd like to be slightly more immune
    1. Browning151's Avatar
      Browning151 -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Maestro View Post
      I'm not sure what you mean by "steal all your info" but I'm getting into the police department soon and I don't want the contents of my phone seen haha aside from the many text messages about pills that I'm sure AT&T/t-mobile has cached I'd like to be slightly more immune
      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.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Check out the consolidated.db file yourself. It contains timestamped locations, your SIM card carrier (MCN / MCC), PLUS it contains hardware MAC address of WiFi access points you've seen or connected. Location data I don't care. My carrier and SIM card, well...... MAC addresses? I checked mine, it contains the unique external MAC address of my home DSL router. This level of detail does not make me happy.

      /private/var/root/Library/Caches/locationd/consolidated.db

      Check for yourself. Copy the file to your computer and open with SQLite Manager in Firefox. You'll be surprised
    1. drewstone's Avatar
      drewstone -
      good stuff, thank you Ryan. i hope someone comes out with a tweak that can stop at&t from knowing if we are using mywi
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Thank you. Great job.
    1. dtbeavin's Avatar
      dtbeavin -
      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.
    1. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      What is the difference between this tool and the one Pushfix released? I was told it is that untracked has the daemon, while Pushfix's release does not.
      Which one is better?
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      The real question is what does Apple intend on doing with all the data collected?
    1. x12_Carnage's Avatar
      x12_Carnage -
      Lol @ apple.guess they won't be tracking our movements anymore :P
    1. sirlance0505's Avatar
      sirlance0505 -
      Scary stuff, maybe this is how they are detecting tethering. Just saying....
      Untrackerd Installed.
      Thank You Ryan.

      BTW anyone know how often it clears your info?
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by hancoma View Post
      What is the difference between this tool and the one Pushfix released? I was told it is that untracked has the daemon, while Pushfix's release does not.
      Which one is better?
      The pushfix.info tool sends EVERYTHING to the bit bucked (aka: /dev/null). untrackerd retains the database but periodically deletes most of the records.