Now LinkedIn iOS App caught snooping and copying clipboard data on iPhone, LinkedIn says copying behavior is unintended
After the discovery of TikTok, PUBG Mobile, and 52 other Apps spying on iPhone’s clipboard paste by Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk, there seems to a deluge of discoveries of other iOS Apps spying on iPhone user’s clipboard. The latest to join the bandwagon is LinkedIn. A developer, @DonCubed discovered that LinkedIn was also snooping and copying the clipboard data. The more worrying thing is that LinkedIn was caught copying and pasting data from his MacBook Pro to his iPad Pro.
LinkedIn iOS App spying on MacBook Pro clipboard.
DonCubed noticed that while using LinkedIn on his iPad Pro, the LinkedIn iOS App was copying the keystrokes from the clipboard on his MacBook Pro. This discovery was possible after iOS 14/iPadOS 14 introduced a feature that notified users if any iPhone App accessed their data pasted on the clipboard.
Apple introduced the feature in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 after Mysk and Bakry had alerted them about the issue earlier this year.
Looks like @apple fixed the clipboard privacy issue we highlighted earlier this year. Apple said it wasn’t an issue, but surprisingly they fixed it in #iOS14 the exact way we recommended in our article.
A notification is shown every time an app or widget reads the clipboard
— Mysk (@mysk_co) June 22, 2020
Thanks to this very mechanism, @DonCubed noticed LinkedIn iOS App was copying contents from his MacBook Pro clipboard to his iPad running on iPadOS 14.
LinkedIn is copying the contents of my clipboard every keystroke. IOS 14 allows users to see each paste notification.
I’m on an IPad Pro and it’s copying from the clipboard of my MacBook Pro.
Tik tok just got called out for this exact reason. pic.twitter.com/l6NIT8ixEF
— Don 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 urspace.io (@DonCubed) July 2, 2020
As you can see from the video, LinkedIn App for iPhone is copying data at a ferocious rate. Doncubed’s tweet was noticed by LinkedIn’s consumer products’ VP Engineering Erran Berger. Berger says that the clipboard copying was unintended. He added that “the contents of the clipboard are not stored or transmitted. A fix for the issue is in the works, and should be available soon.”
— Erran Berger (@eberger45) July 3, 2020
Whether intended or unintended, this is a dangerous precedent. If Apps can access clipboard data without any regulation/permission, the user’s privacy is seriously threatened. In this article, we have listed all the iPhone Apps snooping and accessing iPhone clipboard data.