Privacy is the single most important concern online and on Mobile phone. While there have been many apps on your PC to check which other apps can gain access to what information, sadly no App on iPhone is capable of doing this. Due to which many apps have taken our information from our iPhone, without our knowledge.
Recently, the popular social networking application Path, was reported to take your contacts’ information and upload it to their own servers. Though they issued an apology for it, it clearly high-lightens the concern, as to what the apps are capable of doing.
Wouldn’t it be great to have an App which would block the Apps from accessing the private info and you inturn could be a master to chose which app could access what info? Well, we have some good news for you. But for this you need to jailbreak your iDevice.
This tweak called ContactPrivacy helps you manage which applications have access to your personal contacts’ information. You will get a little popup after installing ContactPrivacy that lets you choose whether or not you want that to happen.
Looks familiar to you? This feature is very similar to the window that pops up asking for location services access or asks permission for push notifications.
ContactPrivacy is available for free on Cydia. there are no options to configure.
The major downside and the only reason I had to uninstall the App was because you can’t set a rule or create a permanent setting for one particular app.
For example in the case of WhatsApp. You just can’t use WhatsApp with this tweak installed. It will keep on asking you for the permission endlessly and WhatsApp will close off!
It would be great if a settings panel is added to the application that lets you turn applications on and off just like location services so that you won’t always get the popup and more importantly, apps like WhatsApp can be used without any problem.