iPhone user sues LinkedIn for reading Apple users' clipboard content
August 10, 2020
Tech

iPhone user sues LinkedIn for allegedly reading Apple users’ clipboard content

WASHINGTON (US) – An iPhone user from New York has sued Microsoft Corp’s LinkedIn on Friday for allegedly snooping and diverting users’ sensitive content from Apple Inc’s Universal Clipboard app.

Universal Clipboard enables users to copy text, images, photos, and videos on an Apple device and then paste the content onto another similar device.

The lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court by Adam Bauer said LinkedIn reads the Clipboard information without notifying the user.

Media reports last week said as many as 53 apps, including TikTok and LinkedIn, were reportedly reading users’ Universal Clipboard content, after Apple’s latest privacy feature started warning users whenever the clipboard was accessed with a banner saying “pasted from Messages.”

Bauer’s lawsuit said “These ‘reads’ are interpreted by Apple’s Universal Clipboard as a'”paste’ command.”

Last week, a LinkedIn executive tweeted that the firm had released a new version of its app to end this practice.

The case seeks to certify the complaint as class action based on alleged violation of the law or social norms.

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