TrackerControl

monitor and control hidden data collection in mobile apps
AppID:net.kollnig.missioncontrol
Author:Oxford HCC
License:GPL-3.0-only
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InRepoSince:2019-11-11
LastRepoUpdate:2020-10-25
LastAppUpdate:2020-10-25
LastVersion:2020.10.25
Categories:Security
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TrackerControl allows users to monitor and control the widespread, ongoing, hidden data collection in mobile apps about user behaviour ('tracking').

To detect tracking, TrackerControl checks all network traffic against the Disconnect blocklist. This is the same list, that is used by the Firefox browser. This reveals the companies behind tracking to users and allows users to block tracking selectively. This blocklist also allows to expose the purpose of tracking, such as analytics or advertising.

The app further aims to educate users about their legal rights under current EU Data Protection Law (i.e. GDPR and the ePrivacy Directive)

Under the hood, TrackerControl uses Android's VPN functionality, to analyse apps' network communications locally on the Android device. This is accomplished through a local VPN server, through which all network communications are passed, to enable the analysis by TrackerControl. In other words, no external VPN server is used, and hence no network data leaves the user's device for the purposes of tracker analysis.

Tracker Control provides

Contrary to similar solutions, this application does not intercept SSL connections, minimising privacy risks and allowing for usage on unrooted Android devices. Only the meta data about network communications is logged, and displayed to the users.

WhatsNew:

- Now available in 12 languages!
- Add setting to disable looking for new trackers (saves battery and keeps on blocking new trackers)
- Some data and battery saving in downloading host files
- Fix bug with downloading developer email addresses
- Clarify how to (un)block trackers
- Clarify how to stop blocking, but keep detecting trackers

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Packages

Version 2020.10.25 (2020-10-25)

Android Versions:
  • Target: 10.0
  • MinVer: 5.1
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Version 2020.10.06 (2020-10-06)

Version 2020.09.10 (2020-09-11)