A first app manufacturer gets legal inventor in the united states because he had often accessed the clipboard under ios and ipados without demand by the user. A new security feature in the coming iphone operating system ios 14, which is currently in a beta test phase, had the behavior of the "clipboard espionage" in the application of the popular career network linkedin uncovered – as well as in the apps of various other manufacturers.
Linkedin does not want to have copied anything
Linkedin, which goes to microsoft, gave it, they are dealing with "an error" in the app. Previously, users had discovered that the app seems to be capable of each individual character entered, which was entered and at least potentially transferred. A linkedin-viceprasident wrote on twitter, you have the problem on one "code path" returned, the one "equality comparison between the contents of the clipboard and the currently typed content of a text box" make up. You save or transfer the clipboard content but not.
The linkedin user adam bauer from new york is not enough this explanation. He immediately filed a lawsuit against linkedin at the federal court in san francisco, because the app potentially read sensitive content from the clipboard and merely "misappropriated" have. The lawsuit explicitly speaks of a combined macos and ios or ipados function, the so-called universal clipboard. If this is active, content of the clipboard from mac will also transfer to iphone and / or ipad and vice versa. Accordingly, potentially had already landed mac inputs on linkedin.
Collective action and pilot character
Bauer wants to make a class action from his individual action and have a corresponding request. Linkedin has violated the data protection laws of california as well as applicable law practice, it is called for reasons. Bauer apparently received damages.
The procedure has a pilot character: minimum 52 other apps also known providers have been brief "caught", to view the clipboard regularly. Apple’s new security feature now ensures that this is displayed. If an app is particularly aggressive of the clipboard, many notifications are to be seen.