[APP][5.1+] TrackerControl: Control Trackers and Ads

kasnder

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What is this about?

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 standard 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 external VPN server is used, to keep your data safe!

How to get it?

TrackerControl is available on F-Droid, the most popular open-source Android app store:

Alternatively, the app can be downloaded directly from GitHub, including automatic checks for updates:
HTML:

Problems?
  • You have another VPN service, such as NetGuard? Sorry, only one VPN supported.
  • You are on Android 9+? Try to disable 'Private DNS' from the settings.
  • You are on Lineage OS 15.1 / 16? This has known issues with VPN.

Disclaimer: The usage of this app is at your own risk. No app can offer 100% protection against tracking.

XDA:DevDB Information
TrackerControl, App for all devices (see above for details)

Contributors
kasnder
Source Code: https://github.com/OxfordHCC/tracker-control-android


Version Information
Status: Stable

Created 2020-09-12
Last Updated 2020-09-12
 
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JeepFreak

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It won't install for me on Android 11 w/ F-Droid. I just get "Error installing TrackerControl: Failed to install due to an unknown error"
 

kasnder

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HoW is this different from let's say blokada or adguard ?great tool nonetheless
The tool is meant to show you more insights into blocking (e.g. the type of tracking, the companies behind tracking, and destination countries), whilst allowing granular blocking for each app.

By default, all detected tracker communications are blocked, including google.com. This will break stuff and needs more configuration for each app but reduces unwanted and unexpected data collection.
 
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