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LinkedIn, Reddit spotted copying clipboard content on iOS 14

06 July 2020 0

Apple's upcoming iOS 14 is currently under beta phase and is packed with various privacy features. One such feature is aimed at alerting users whenever an app accesses clipboard content. It has already started working its magic as a few notable apps have been caught snooping on the clipboard. LinkedIn and Reddit are two such high-profile apps that have been found to be guilty of this unethical behavior.

Don Morton, Urspace's co-founder, was the first one to spot the odd behavior of the two big apps. LinkedIn was the first app to be found copying clipboard content for every keystroke that Morton made. He posted a video showing that the app was copying clipboard content from MacBook Pro and pasting it on the iPad Pro. It is essentially abusing the freedom that Apple provides to apps in the form of the universal clipboard.

This is the functionality that allows Apple users to copy content from one device and paste on the other. It is meant to boost productivity by offering a more efficient multi-tasking experience. There is no doubt that apps are supposed to make use of the feature but doing so without asking for permission from the user is what makes this unacceptable. He further found the Reddit app doing the exact same thing as well.

In response, both the companies have offered statements mentioning that their app's behavior was unintentional. They further maintained the stance that they do not store clipboard data or content in any form. While both apps will be receiving an update that is supposed to contain the fix for the issue, these are not the only apps including in these activities. The popular Chinese app TikTok was also spotted exhibiting similar behavior recently.


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