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'Clueful' app lets you know what apps are spying on you

By Abigail Prendergast     Jan 12, 2013 in Technology
An iOS app called "Clueful," which was yanked from the Apple app store back in July, has found new life online. The app, created by Bitdefender, keeps tabs on what user information is being shared.
An iPhone application called "Clueful," after being pulled from the Apple app store back in July, is now back in a new form on the world wide web.
According to, the app, which was created by a company known as Bitdefender, was initially programmed to inform users which information their other apps may have been sharing and how it was being shared. While neither Apple nor Bitdefender have disclosed any information as to why Clueful was yanked, the latter company still firmly believes that there is much potential for the concept behind their creation.
Just like its iOS-native counterpart, the web-browser incarnation of Clueful - which boasts an interface designed to look just like an iPhone app - users can find out if their apps are sharing their information (such as location tracking, UDID uploads and access to the address book), and if so, what they are doing with it.
For each entry, there is a quick overview as to what is being done with private data, says Life Hacker.
In addition, Clueful even has a list of the top offenders, apps that have been recently analyzed and "current top free apps."
Since there are literally hundreds of thousands of applications in Apple's app store, Clueful can not cover every single one. However, the more popular ones appear to be taken care of for the most part.
And even though the original iOS incarnation of Clueful offered some better features, the web-based version can still be very helpful for those who are concerned about their privacy.
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