Friday, December 8, 2023

LinkedIn iOS App Caught Reading Clipboard With Every Keystroke, Says it is a Bug

LinkedIn caught snooping on the clipboard data of every keystroke, the issue was discovered with the beta version of iOS 14.

The LinkedIn iOS app is responsible for the privacy-intrusive behavior that spotted by a developer who goes with the twitter handle @DonCubed.

LinkedIn iOS App

DonCubed noticed that while using LinkedIn on his iPad Pro, a service copying the keystrokes from the clipboard on his MacBook Pro.

The data snooping was discovered using the new mechanism introduced in iOS 14 that alerts users when some app is reading contents from the clipboard.

The new feature with iOS 14 is a good upgrade to privacy, iOS 14 also alerts users when an app accesses their camera or microphone.

With the new mechanism, @DonCubed found that “LinkedIn is copying the contents of my clipboard every keystroke. IOS 14 allows users to see each paste notification.”

LinkedIn’s consumer products’ VP Engineering Erran Berger said that copying behavior is not an intended one, he further added that “the contents of the clipboard are not stored or transmitted. A fix for the issue is in the works, and should be available soon.”

Earlier TikTok caught accessing the clipboard every few seconds and the company said they are to remove the feature.

Not only TikTok many other apps like Twitter, Starbucks, Overstock, AccuWeather, and more caught reading users clipboard data.

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