Tethering Use Is Being Recorded

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    Tethering Use Is Being Recorded

    So I'm not trying to be alarmist, but if you're tethering you should be informed. I was looking through some databases and ran across a list of data usage for all of your apps by uid. Well, I figured I'd start up a tethering session just to see, and sure enough, a uid of 0 showed usage with the current timestamp. Additionally, this is the only entry for uid 0 out of nearly 5000 entries. Looking into it, UID 0 is the standard UID for root, and tethering appears to be the only app using data as root.

    So this may not mean that much, however, it can probably prove that you've been tethering in the case of a dispute. If nothing else, it can prove that you've rooted. I'm sure it'd be quite easy to pull that info from the phone as well.

    So again, it's not my intention to rile anyone up or start any tethering debates, but I feel like you deserve to know what data is being collected so you can make more informed decisions.

    This is in /data/data/com.motorola.android.datamanager/databases

    Additionally, there is an entry in the wifihotspotreceiver, which is in the datacollection.apk, that appears to specifically log tethering use, and the time it's used. I can't seem to find the entries for this log, however.
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    Wow, tangible evidence... I thought I would never see the day. Thanks, Snow, for noticing this.

    The next question, therefore, would be can Motorola or Verizon access this information at will or would they have to gain access to your phone physically?
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    Also, while the airplane mode trick will let you get around the verizon splash page prompting you to pay for a tethering plan, your data is still recorded as tethering. Same goes if you're using the tbh patch. Basically, if that "hotspot is active" icon is in the notification bar, all data is marked as tethered regardless of what app you're using.

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    Are you on GB? I was curious, so I looked up the folder you are talking about and there is no com.motorola.android....etc. I'm on liberty 2.0.1. Just curious who they are tracking.

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    Yes. This is for gingerbread. And no one said anything about tracking.

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    So is this also recorded on non gb? Just want to know if I may need to switch back to froyo.

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    It should not be for froyo. I only say should not because I haven't checked, but I would say no, froyo does not have this built in.

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    Very interesting. I guess Verizon feels this is stealing and might start doing something about it. If they offered their tethering service for a reasonable fee I would be inclined to use it....but $20/mo on top of current rates is too much IMO, especially if you rarely use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVDroidDude View Post
    Very interesting. I guess Verizon feels this is stealing and might start doing something about it. If they offered their tethering service for a reasonable fee I would be inclined to use it....but $20/mo on top of current rates is too much IMO, especially if you rarely use it.
    Especially for 2 gb...
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    Again, try to refrain from starting up that debate again please or i'll just request the thread be closed. Iow, keep it on topic. Thanks.

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