Last week, Ryan Petrich has released a jailbreak tweak called ContactPrivacy inspired by Path’s privacy incident, which prompts you when apps like Path 2 try to access your contacts database and gives you an option to allow or deny access to the iPhone app.
Unfortunately, some of you commented that it was causing WhatsApp to crash.
Ryan has just released an updated version of ContactPrivacy, which fixes the Whatsapp crash issue and it also allows you to enable or disable access to contacts explicitly to an app via the Settings app.
ContactPrivacy is available for free. To install it, you need to add Ryan Petrich’s repo to Cydia using the following URL: http://rpetri.ch/repo
Apple has said that apps that use address book data will have to explicit take permission from userswith a future iOS software update. Until then, ContactPrivacy gives you control over your iPhone’s address book.
Note: The latest version of ContactPrivacy is 1.1. If you see ContactPrivacy 1.0 as the latest version available when you launch Cydia, then kill Cydia running in the background, launch it again and wait for the packages to load. This time, you should be able to Install ContactPrivacy 1.1.
You will need to be on a jailbroken iOS device if you wish to install it. For jailbreaking iOS 5.0.1 untethered on iPhone 4/3GS, iPad 1, iPod touch 4G/3G (A4 devices), you can follow our complete step by step instructions posted here using Redsnow on Mac (or Sn0wbreeze on Windows). For Jailbreaking iPhone 4S and iPad 2 Unthetered, you can simply follow our step by step guide posted here to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 using Absinthe on Windows or Mac.