- LinkedIn Sued after an allegation of spying Apple users
- TikTok, LinkedIn and 51 other apps were reported to be spying
- As per the complaint, LinkedIn has been spying on its users and their nearby computers and other devices
On Friday, LinkedIn which is owned by Microsoft has been sued by a New York-based iPhone user for allegedly reading and even diverting the sensitive content of Apple users’ Universal Clipboard application.
Going as per the official website of Apple, the Universal clipboard allows users to copy text, images, and even videos from one Apple device and then past the same on their other Apple device.
As per the lawsuit filed by Adam Bauer in the San Francisco Federal Court, LinkedIn read the information on Clipboard of Apple users without notifying them.
Last week, certain media reports claimed that 53 applications including LinkedIn and TikTok were reading the Universal Clipboard content of the users, after Apple’s latest privacy features started alerting users whenever the clipboard was accessed with a banner saying “pasted from Messages”.
Bauer’s lawsuit claimed, “These ‘reads’ are interpreted by Apple’s Universal Clipboard as a ‘paste’ command,”.
A LinkedIn executive said that the company released a new version of its app to end this practice, on Twitter, last week. Testers and developers of Apple’s latest Operating System iOS 14 found that LinkedIn’s application on both iPad and iPhone “secretly” read users’ clipboard “a lot,”, as per the complaint.
The lawsuit seeks to certify the complaint as a class action based on an alleged violation of the law or social norms, as per the California laws.
As per the complaints, LinkedIn has not just been spying on the users but also has been spying on the nearby computers and similar devices. It added that it has been evading Apple’s Universal Clipboard timeout.