LinkedIn iOS App Found Reading Clipboard Content After Ever Keystroke, Company Says Its a Bug

LinkedIn iOS App Found Reading Clipboard Content After Ever Keystroke, Company Says Its a Bug

A small change from Apple in iOS 14 has in many ways opened the pandora’s box and revealed the shady tactics employed by many apps of silently reading clipboard data in the background. A number of popular apps including TikTok were caught constantly reading clipboard data and with Apple’s name and shame approach in iOS 14, they were forced to acknowledge and fix the issue. Now, the LinkedIn iOS app has also been found reading and copying content from the clipboard on iPhones and iPads in iOS 14.

As discovered by @DonCubed and revealed on Twitter, the LinkedIn app on his iPad Pro was copying the clipboard content from his MacBook Pro after every keystroke thanks to the Universal Clipboard feature that’s available across Apple devices.

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A LinkedIn spokesperson reached out to ZDNet and confirmed that this is a bug and not the app’s intended behavior. LinkedIn’s VP Engineering of Consumer Products, Erran Berger, also took to Twitter to clarify the bug. He noted that they traced this bug to a code path that “does an equality check between the clipboard contents and the currently typed content in a text box.” He also confirmed that the app was not storing or transmitting clipboard content in any way.

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Author: Uwem Usen

Authored by Uwem Usen, a passionate technological blogger. Administrator of Mumutechnology (technology solution blog), prolific speaker at both local and international forums. My mission is to provide technological solution to the world.

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