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LinkedIn: Our bug is due to an iOS problem

A LinkedIn spokesman told ZDNet yesterday that an error in the iOS app was responsible for a seemingly "intrusive behavior" detected by one of its users on Thursday.

The problem was discovered using the new beta version of iOS 14.

For iOS 14, which will be officially released in the fall, Apple has added a new feature confidentiality showing a fast popup window which allows users to know when an application has read content from the clipboard.

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Using this new mechanism, users spotted last week how the Chinese app TikTok read the clipboard at regular intervals.

TikTok said the feature was part of a fraud detection mechanism and that the company never stole the contents of the clipboard, but promised to remove the feature anyway to reassure them. users.

This week, users continued to experiment with this new clipboard access system on iOS 14. Yesterday, one programmer Urspace.io has discovered that something similar is happening in the LinkedIn app for iOS.

In a video shared on Twitter, o programmer Urspace showed how the LinkedIn application reads the clipboard after each press of a key. It also has access to the shared feature of the clipboard that allows iOS applications to read content from a user's macOS clipboard.

A LinkedIn spokesperson told ZDNet that this was all a mistake, not the intended operation of the app.

Erran Berger, VP Engineering of Consumer Products at LinkedIn, posted a tweet to clarify the issue and promised to correct it.

"We found it in a code path that does a quality check between the contents of the clipboard and the content that is currently typed in a text box," Berger wrote on Twitter.

"We do not store or transmit them contents of the clipboard. We will let you know as soon as the correction is available application us ", he added.

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