Munyaradzi Nigel Muchenje

10 months ago

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iOS 14 exposes LinkedIn App reading users' clipboards in the background, the company says it's a bug

This week iOS users noticed that the LinkedIn app was copying and pasting from the clipboard in the background for no apparent reason, which raised some concerns.

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 includes new banner alerts that let the users know if an app is pasting from the clipboard. This is part of a series of new privacy features Apple is adding to its operating system this year.

In this case, this clipboard feature is already exposing the behavior of some popular apps like TikTok, AccuWeather, and now LinkedIn. Since iOS has a Universal Clipboard, the app can even read what's being copied on other devices registered with the same iCloud account.

A video shared on Twitter by the user @DonCubed shows the LinkedIn app pasting from the clipboard content every time a key is pressed.

A LinkedIn spokesperson told ZDNET that the problem is just a software bug and not expected behavior. This reinforces that Apple is doing the right to implement more privacy features in iOS.