LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content By

Yolanda Curtis
July 13, 2020

"Until abruptly exposed by Apple and independent developers, LinkedIn had programmed its iPhone and iPad applications to abuse Apple's Universal Clipboard to brazenly read and divert LinkedIn users' most sensitive data - including sensitive data from other Apple devices - without their consent or knowledge", NY resident Adam Bauer alleges in a class-action complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Now, the operating system found Microsoft-owned LinkedIn copying content from Apple users' clipboards. A representative formerly stated LinkedIn does not store or transmit clipboard information, and that it planned to fix the issue with an app upgrade on July 14th.

"These "reads" are interpreted by Apple's Universal Clipboard as a "paste" command", Bauer's lawsuit alleged. LinkedIn has not commented on the predicament yet, but the enterprise reported a few days back that the iOS app wasn't deliberately studying the users' clipboard, but due to a software package bug. When users open an app with this access, a pop-up message on top of the screen will give notification. Even just after many experiences on the world wide web, this is the 1st time a user has filed a lawsuit centered on the new iOS 14 privacy aspect - and the update has been obtainable to a restricted variety of consumers for just two weeks.


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.

This unique clipboard element is presently exposing the actions of some common applications like TikTok, AccuWeather, AliExpress, and now LinkedIn. There was a flawed equality check between the clipboard and what you typed, VP Erran Berger said earlier.


Once discovered Microsoft rapidly corrected the issue, but not fast enough for Adam Bauer, who files a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court complaining Microsoft violated the law or social norms, under California laws. "We don't store or transmit the clipboard contents".

We're still to know if the court will accept the user's attraction against LinkedIn.


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