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Some apps are copying your iOS clipboard for analysis?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: July 05, 2020 09:32AM
[www.theverge.com]

LinkedIn plans to stop its app from repeatedly copying the contents of an iOS device’s clipboard, after a user highlighted the seemingly privacy-invasive practice earlier this week. ZDNet reports that LinkedIn called the behavior a bug.

The app copies clipboard contents in order to perform an “equality check” between what a user is typing and what’s in their clipboard, according to LinkedIn engineering VP Erran Berger. Berger did not say why this check was necessary. “We don’t store or transmit the clipboard contents,” Berger wrote on Twitter.

The behavior was discovered thanks to a new privacy feature in iOS 14, which is currently in a limited beta for developers. The operating system now notifies users when an app copies something from another app or device. This has led to people spotting questionable behavior from apps that appear to copy clipboard contents with every keystroke.

TikTok was called out for similar behavior last week. The app similarly appeared to be repeatedly grabbing clipboard contents as a user typed, leading to concern that it was spying on data from other apps. TikTok said the behavior was part of an “anti-spam” feature and that it would discontinue the practice.




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Re: Some apps are copying your iOS clipboard for analysis?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 05, 2020 09:51AM
Analysis <> Spying.

It’s all Malware.
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Re: Some apps are copying your iOS clipboard for analysis?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: July 05, 2020 10:37AM
TikTok was clearly maliciously harvesting user-data for illicit use. Because TikTok is malware. (IMHO.)

LinkedIn doesn't seem to have been transmitting clipboard contents. They suck, but this looks like a genuine oversight rather than a data-harvesting exploit.



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Re: Some apps are copying your iOS clipboard for analysis?
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: July 05, 2020 11:29AM
Yeah, from what I’m hearing, there can be, depending on the app, legit reasons for some apps to poll the clipboard more or less frequently. For now, I’m gathering this one is on the “40” side of 60/40, sizzle vs. steak.
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Re: Some apps are copying your iOS clipboard for analysis?
Posted by: testcase
Date: July 05, 2020 11:32AM
Why is anybody surprised by this???? dunno smiley
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Re: Some apps are copying your iOS clipboard for analysis?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: July 05, 2020 04:23PM
This is why I hate websites that create an app instead of just writing a decent desktop version that is also mobile friendly.



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