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TrackerControl

TrackerControl allows to monitor and control hidden data collection in apps.

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


  • real-time monitoring of app tracking,

  • granular blocking of app tracking,

  • access to apps’ privacy policy websites without trackers (which they often contain), and

  • one-click data requests as granted under EU Data Protection Legislation (to be added soon).

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.

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 2020.05.21-fdroid (2020052102) - Added on 2020-05-23

    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
    • 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.
    • com.android.vending.BILLING
    • 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.
    • net.kollnig.missioncontrol.permission.ADMIN
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.

    Download APK 3.8 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 2020.05.17-fdroid (2020051702) - Added on 2020-05-20

    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
    • 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.
    • com.android.vending.BILLING
    • 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.
    • net.kollnig.missioncontrol.permission.ADMIN
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.

    Download APK 3.8 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 2020.05.08-fdroid (2020050802) - Added on 2020-05-15

    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
    • 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.
    • com.android.vending.BILLING
    • 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.
    • net.kollnig.missioncontrol.permission.ADMIN

    Download APK 3.8 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log