Monday, September 28, 2020

LinkedIn, Reddit to fix how their apps copy iOS clipboard contents

LinkedIn plans to stop its app from repeatedly copying the contents of an iOS device’s clipboard, after a user highlighted the seemingly privacy-invasive practice earlier this week. ZDNet reports that LinkedIn called the behavior a bug.

iOS 14 Beta spots LinkedIn reading Apple users' clipboards - DTNext.in

Highlights:

  • TikTok was called out for similar behavior last week.
  • As iOS 14 rolls out more widely — a public beta is expected in the coming weeks — it’s likely we’ll learn of other apps with similarly discomforting clipboard copying behaviors.

The app copies clipboard contents in order to perform an “equality check” between what a user is typing and what’s in their clipboard, according to LinkedIn engineering VP Erran Berger. Berger did not say why this check was necessary. “We don’t store or transmit the clipboard contents,” Berger wrote on Twitter.The behavior was discovered thanks to a new privacy feature in iOS 14, which is currently in a limited beta for developers. The operating system now notifies users when an app copies something from another app or device. This has led to people spotting questionable behavior from apps that appear to copy clipboard contents with every keystroke.

LinkedIn blames bug for clipboard snooping discovered by iOS 14 ...

LinkedIn was called out in a tweet on Thursday from a person who said LinkedIn’s iPad app was copying contents from other sources, such as a notes app.

TikTok was known as out for comparable habits final week. The app equally seemed to be repeatedly grabbing clipboard contents as a consumer typed, resulting in concern that it was spying on knowledge from different apps. TikTok stated the habits was a part of an “anti-spam” function and that it could discontinue the follow.

As iOS 14 rolls out extra extensively — a public beta is predicted within the coming weeks — it’s seemingly we’ll be taught of different apps with equally discomforting clipboard copying behaviors.

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