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Reports Claim New iPhone Jailbreak Stops Location Tracking

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, 23 Apr 2011News

A newly released jailbreak tool has been designed to prevent Apple from storing users’ location data on the iPhone.

The Untrackered iOS application for jailbroken iPhones, which has been developed by researcher Ryan Petrich, prevents iOS and Apple from storing users’ location data on a secret file on the iPhone.

The tool which is available for download from the third party Cydia store for iOS apps, effectively blocks Apple from committing serious breach of privacy by storing users data without permission.

According to the tools description on Cydia, “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.” The tool is available for a free download from the store.

The tool was released on the heels of a report that Apple secret stores users’ longitude and latitude coordinates on a file tucked away in the depths of the iPhone. The report also revealed that Apple shared the files with a Mac or a Windows PC every time a user synced their devices with a desktop.

Apple on the other hand has chosen to remain mum about the issue but privacy champions are pressuring it to explain itself.

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