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New privacy app Jumbo will lock down your Facebook and Twitter

This privacy assistant for iPhone aims to give you control over your digital life.


Mikael Thalen


Posted on Apr 9, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 3:15 pm CDT

A new smartphone app called Jumbo is promising to help users easily lock down their online accounts by automatically adjusting their privacy settings.

The app is currently available for iOS devices. It works with Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Alexa, and will soon have options for Instagram and Tinder.

With Facebook constantly changing how it handles user data, Jumbo can alter as many as 30 different privacy settings with just the click of a button. By choosing a strong, medium, or weak privacy level, users can opt out of everything from Facebook’s facial recognition to certain ad targeting practices.

The privacy assistant also allows Twitter users to delete their old tweets and save them on their iPhones.

“The Twitter Cleaner on Jumbo deletes old tweets from Twitter, then privately backs them up in a beautiful user-interface, accessible only by you, on your Jumbo app,” the company states. “It’s like a Twitter vault, and only you have the key.”

Users can choose to delete as many as 3,200 tweets instantly or choose to remove all content older than one day, one week, one month, or three months.

Google searches and Alexa voice recording can easily be wiped through Jumbo, as well. The company even suggests users switch from Google to the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo.

“With Alexa, Amazon is storing all the voice recordings of your requests—and they do not even let you turn off that collection of data,” the app maker states. “With Jumbo, you can clean all your Alexa voice recording in one tap!”

Once introduced, the Instagram feature will allow users to quickly delete old photos and videos while the Tinder option will help remove matches and chat messages.

While Jumbo sounds useful for those unfamiliar with the vast and ever-changing privacy settings of today’s most popular apps, concerns often arise when third-party companies are given access to user content. As has been seen in countless headlines, companies with access to Facebook data often fail to properly secure such information. But Jumbo says it’s found a workaround: never having access to your data to begin with.

“We’ve engineered a new way to manage your personal information without Jumbo ever seeing it,” the app states. “Jumbo does not have any servers that process your data. Everything happens from your iPhone, securely.”

While deleted data from your online accounts can currently be backed up and accessed through the app, Jumbo plans to offer options to export that deleted data to your iCloud and Dropbox in the future. The company also says an Android version of Jumbo is currently in the works.

Jumbo says the app will remain free to all users but plans to introduce premium features in the coming months for those willing to pay.


H/T TechCrunch

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*First Published: Apr 9, 2019, 5:22 pm CDT