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ContactPrivacy: Alerts You When an App Tries to Access Your Contact List [Jailbreak Tweak]

If you are someone who values your privacy, then you will most likely have a hard time dealing with how the world works nowadays. With the world going social through the help of Facebook and Twitter, keeping your privacy might not be as easy as before. And there area many different apps from our smartphones that takes our information and who knows what do they with it. Here's a new jailbreak tweak that will surely be useful to those who care about their privacy.

ContactPrivacy Jailbreak Tweak
Established third-party developer Ryan Petrich has just released a new jailbreak tweak called ContactPrivacy. So how can this jailbreak tweak help you with your iOS privacy concerns? Basically this tweak will help you manage which apps will be able to access your contact information. Instead of allowing apps to just grab your contacts and upload it into their servers, the tweak will stop the process and will display a handy pop-up that will ask you whether you will give permission or not. The screenshot below shows the popup:
ContactPrivacy Jailbreak Tweak Screenshot
This jailbreak tweak was actually made in response to a recent incident where popular social networking application Path has been discovered to upload its users' entire address book to its servers without their knowledge and consent. With the way the tweak works, it makes you think why Apple hasn't included this kind of security measure before, after all not everyone appreciates their personal information being snatched and used for who knows what. A warning was given by Petrich though that denying an app access might result to it not working properly.

ContactPrivacy is now available in Cydia through the BigBoss repo for FREE!

To use this jailbreak tweak, you obviously need to have a jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Fortunately, we have the tutorials that you need. For iPhone 4S and iPad 2 users, you will need to download the Absinthe Jailbreak Tool. For instructions on how to jailbreak your iDevice on Mac using Absinthe, refer to our Jailbreak iPhone 4S Guide for Mac or for Windows users, you can read our Jailbreak iPhone 4S Guide for Windows. As for the rest of the devices (A4), you can use our iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak guide. [via ModMyi]

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    Ivaylo Kostov9 years, 7 months ago

    “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes.” “It is better to admit them quickly, and keep on betting for your other innovations.” by Steve Jobs – Apple Social Network