LinkedIn Caught Copying Data from iOS Clipboard

Posted on July 6, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in iOS, Microsoft with 24 Comments

Microsoft’s LinkedIn has been called out for repeatedly copying data from the iOS clipboard. The firm says it was a bug, and not malicious behavior.

“LinkedIn is copying the contents of my clipboard [with] every keystroke,” a Twitter user tweeted late last week. “iOS 14 allows users to see each paste notification.”

That same user notes that several other apps are likewise copying data from the iOS clipboard, including Accuweather, AliExpress, Call of Duty Mobile, Google News, Overstock, Paetron, and Tik Tok.

LinkedIn says the behavior is just a bug and that it will fix it in an app update.

“We’ve traced this to a code path that only does an equality check between the clipboard contents and the currently typed content in a text box,” Microsoft’s Erran Berger tweeted in response to the earlier tweet. “We don’t store or transmit the clipboard contents.”

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