February 25, 2012, 6:26 AM — Don't bet on the new agreement between the State of California, Apple, Google and others to protect information on your iPhone from data-snooping third-party apps such as the social networking service Path. If you really want to protect your data, there's only one way to do it: jailbreak your iPhone. Jailbreaking gives you complete control (and responsibility) over your phone, enabling you to install all kinds of tools that make sure your data stays where it belongs: under your control.
Here's a look at five post-jailbreak tools that don't leave it up to Apple, Google or any other company to look after your best interests and put you in complete control of your data.
The state of smartphone privacy
The agreement was six months in the making, but comes after recent high-profile incidents where apps were found to be grabbing a user's personal data without notifying that individual. The most notable was Path, a social networking app available for iPhone and Android that was uploading users' address books to their servers without notifying them. Path has since changed its ways, and since then numerous apps have been outed as data-grabbing software including Foodspotting, Twitter, and Yelp.
While California's move to protect user privacy is welcome news, the agreement still requires users to trust that California prosecutors, app store providers, and app makers are all doing their job and behaving themselves.