Many of us know by now with iOS 14 everyone is going to get better privacy, something tells me it’s quite promising because the TikTok app caught accessing user clipboards without the users’ knowledge.
The clipboard keeps the copied text in temporary storage in the device, and according to the developers Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk, most of iPhone and iPad apps access the clipboard without the user knowledge.
If the user has sensitive information such as passwords or any other information which shouldn’t be exposed, it will raise privacy and security concerns. Therefore, Apple invented a new feature in iOS 14, which will alert the users when apps read the clipboard.
Thanks to that, now one of the major apps is exposed, TikTok users who upgraded to iOS 14 have noticed alerts informing them that the app is accessing the clipboard every few seconds.
However, in a statement to The Telegraph, TikTok mentioned that it accessed the clipboard because of a feature that they build to identify spammy behavior in the app, and they claim to remove it.
“For TikTok, this was triggered by a feature designed to identify repetitive, spammy behavior. We have already submitted an updated version of the app to the App Store removing the anti-spam feature to eliminate any potential confusion.
“TikTok is committed to protecting users’ privacy and being transparent about how our app works.”
According to this, an updated version of the app has submitted to the App Store, but there is no claim that Android users will get the same treatment.
Stay tuned for more updates.