Microsoft will stop constantly copying clipboard data in the LinkedIn app, promises LinkedIn CEO Erran Berger on Twitter.
Twitter user DonCubed discovered that the LinkedIn app copied the contents of the clipboard with every letter typed. It may contain confidential information, such as previously copied passwords.
The app read the clipboard information without permission or notification to users. The incident only came to light in the trial version of iOS 14, which sends users alerts when apps try to read the clipboard.
According to Berger, there is no question of ill will. The clipboard information is read by a bug in the app, which constantly checks if the clipboard is equal to what is being written.
@DonCubed Hi @DonCubed. Appreciate you raising this. 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. We don't store or transmit the clipboard contents.Avatar
Update in the making
The copied information was not sent to LinkedIn's servers, but remained on phones. A planned update should ensure that LinkedIn will no longer be able to view the clipboard information.
LinkedIn isn't the first app to catch clipboard information. The popular Chinese TikTok recently appeared to do the same. According to the makers, the app tries to identify spam behavior in this way.