LinkedIn faces lawsuit as it secretly read iPhone user’s clipboard content

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

12th Jul, 2020. 09:49 am

Microsoft’s LinkedIn faced lawsuit by an iPhone user over claims for allegedly reading and diverting users’ sensitive Clipboard content.

According to Apple’s website, Universal Clipboard allows users to copy text, images, photos, and videos on one Apple device and then paste it to another Apple device.

According to the lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court by Adam Bauer, LinkedIn reads the Clipboard information without notifying the user.

LinkedIn did not immediately respond to comment over this matter.

According to media reports, 53 apps including TikTok and LinkedIn were reported to be reading users’ Universal Clipboard content, after Apple’s latest privacy feature started alerting users whenever the clipboard was accessed with a banner saying ‘pasted from Messages’.

A LinkedIn executive had said on Twitter last week that the company released a new version of its app to end this practice.

According to the complaint, developers and testers of Apple’s operating system iOS 14 found that LinkedIn’s application on iPhones and iPads ‘secretly’ read users’ clipboard a lot.

According to the complaint, LinkedIn has not only been spying on its users, it has been spying on their nearby computers and other devices, and it has been circumventing Apple’s Universal Clipboard timeout.

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