IOS 14's Privacy Feature Reveals TikTok Reading Texts Copied to Clipboard

Ruben Fields
June 28, 2020

Many even demonstrated the access through videos, highlighting how frequently iOS was alerting about the app's access to the clipboard.

The clipboard is intended to be a way for users to provide apps with data for use in an intended way, though its real functionality isn't always as users may intend it. Apps have the ability to pull data stored in a clipboard, which means there is the possibility it could be accessing data not intended for use by it if it conducts such snooping. We don't know why apps are collecting data from users' dashboards, but this emerging with iOS 14 should be a good answer to why Apple offers more privacy tools. Chinese brief-online video building app TikTok has introduced it would no more time mechanically obtain user clipboards on Apple iPhones after iOS 14 in Beta has uncovered applications continuously looking through user clipboards.

Jeremy Burge, head of on line emoji directory Emojipedia, shared a video clip of the facts hovering in action, at very first blaming it on the element bugging out. TikTok appears to grab the content of iPhone users' clipboard every 1 to 3 keystrokes based on the alerts they kept getting. "We have already submitted an updated version of the app to the App Store removing the anti-spam feature to eliminate any potential confusion", a TikTok spokesperson told The Telegraph. "TikTok is committed to protecting users' privacy and being transparent about how our app works", TikTok's statement reads. One important security feature included in this new version is that the apps will require permission from user before tracking them.

The expose has come in light of a new banner alert, which will pop up every time an app tries to paste information from a device clipboard to itself.

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Back then, TikTok had promised to stop its app from reading users' clipboards "within a few weeks".

"This was triggered by a feature created to identify repetitive, spammy behavior", TikTok told The Telegraph.

The new iOS 14 was launched at the WWDC 2020 and for it is limited to developers. Clipboard reporting is just one of the many new privacy features in iOS 14, with a full list available in our iOS 14 roundup.

According to the report of Telegraph, there are other applications such as AccuWeather, Overstock, AliExpress, Call of Duty Mobile, Patreon and Google News that constantly follow the iOS dashboard.

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