TrackerControl

TrackerControl allows to monitor and control hidden data collection in apps.
New in version 2021.07.23-fdroid
- New feature: Export all seen trackers from main menu
- Add warning dialog for enabling 'organizations' in Traffic Log
- Update to target SDK 30
- Remove write storage permission
- Update dependencies and translations
- Improve accessibility
TrackerControl allows users to monitor and control the widespread, ongoing, hidden data collection in mobile apps about user behaviour ('tracking').

To detect tracking, TrackerControl combines the power of the Disconnect blocklist, used by Firefox, and our in-house blocklist is used, created from analysing ~2 000 000 apps! Additionally, TrackerControl supports custom blocklists.

This approach
- reveals the companies behind tracking,
- allows to block tracking selectively, and
- exposes the purposes of tracking, such as analytics or advertising.

The app also aims to educate about your rights under Data Protection Law, such the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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, to enable network traffic analysis by TrackerControl.

No root is required, other VPNs or Private DNS are not supported. No external VPN server is used, to keep your data safe! TrackerControl even protects you against DNS cloaking, a popular technique to hide trackers in websites and apps.

TrackerControl will always be free and open source, being a research project.

Packages

Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download. We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that.

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  • Version 2021.07.23-fdroid (2021072301) suggested Added on 2021-07-31

    This version requires Android 5.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • net.kollnig.missioncontrol.fdroid.permission.ADMIN
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • read phone status and identity
      Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call.
    • view Wi-Fi connections
      Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • control vibration
      Allows the app to control the vibrator.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • android.permission.QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES

    Download APK 9 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 2021.07.19-fdroid (2021071901) - Added on 2021-07-22

    This version requires Android 5.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • net.kollnig.missioncontrol.fdroid.permission.ADMIN
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • read phone status and identity
      Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call.
    • view Wi-Fi connections
      Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • control vibration
      Allows the app to control the vibrator.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • android.permission.QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.

    Download APK 9 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 2021.07.03-fdroid (2021070301) - Added on 2021-07-07

    This version requires Android 5.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • net.kollnig.missioncontrol.fdroid.permission.ADMIN
    • modify or delete the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • read phone status and identity
      Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call.
    • view Wi-Fi connections
      Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • control vibration
      Allows the app to control the vibrator.
    • run foreground service
      Allows the app to make use of foreground services.
    • android.permission.QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.

    Download APK 9 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log