According to Apple’s website, Universal Clipboard allows users to copy text, images, photos, and videos on one Apple device and then paste the content onto another Apple device.
The apps use Apple’s Universal Clipboard to read and siphon the data, and can draw information from other Apple devices, according to the complaint. The privacy violations were exposed by Apple and independent program developers, according to the suit. Developers and testers of Apple’s most recent mobile operating system, iOS 14, found LinkedIn’s application was secretly reading users’ clipboards “a lot,” according to the complaint. “Constantly, even.”
Apple’s clipboard often contains sensitive information users cut or copy to paste, including photos, texts, emails or medical records.“LinkedIn has not only been spying on its users. It has been spying on their nearby computers and other devices. And it has been circumventing” Apple’s clipboard timeout, which removes the information after 120 seconds, according to the suit.
According to media reports from last week, 53 apps including TikTok and LinkedIn were reported to be reading users’ Universal Clipboard content, after Apple’s latest privacy feature started alerting users whenever the clipboard was accessed with a banner saying “pasted from Messages.”
The lawsuit seeks to certify the complaint as class action based on alleged violation of the law or social norms, under California laws. LinkedIn’s information collecting was reported earlier this month by outlets including the Verge and Forbes.
Data Privacy is regarded as an essential right all over the world with conventions like GDPR and APAC in force. Recently, in the famous Aadhar case, K.S. Puttaswamy v Union of India, the Apex court held data protection as an ambit of fundamental right.