[Review] ContactPrivacy - Keep Your Contact Information Private
Tired of applications just asserting themselves into your personal information?
We have seen so many instances where applications from the App Store have taken our information from our iPhone and just snatched it like it was their own. One of the most recent instances was with the popular social networking application Path
, which as we reported
, takes your contacts' information and uploads it to their own servers. Wouldn't you feel violated if that happened to you? Well now you don't have to feel violated and you can help defend against it in the future.
A new jailbreak tweak dubbed ContactPrivacy
by iOS developer and hacker Ryan Petrich
will help you manage which applications have access to your personal contacts' information. Instead of having application like Path go through and decide for themselves when they will be uploading your contacts' information to their servers, you will get a handy little popup after installing ContactPrivacy that lets you choose whether or not you want that to happen. The screenshot below shows you what the popup looks like:
The window reminds me a lot of the window that pops up asking for location services access. It asks you if a specific application should be allowed to do something with the same button options. The popup comes with a warning that states that some applications will not recover successfully when you revoke Contacts application access. Albeit you would have to be very hard-pressed to not expect an application like Path to use your contacts' information, if you want to keep that information securely to yourself, you now have that option. ContactPrivacy will also work for other applications that try to use your contacts' information.
ContactPrivacy is free in the BigBoss repo of Cydia and there are no options to configure. It would be pretty cool to see a settings pane added to the Settings application that lets you turn applications on and off just like location services so that you won't always get the popup when it tries to launch and use your contacts' information. Path states that they use the contacts to try and help you find friends on their social network, but who knows what they're really doing with that kind of information. In the end, the choice should be yours to share that information and it should never be uploaded without consent.
Developer: Ryan Petrich
Sources: Ryan Petrich