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LinkedIn Sued For Siphoning Private Data From Apple Users

On Friday a class action lawsuit was filed against Microsoft’s LinkedIn in San Francisco federal court, which claims that LinkedIn siphons private data from Apple users without their knowledge.

The complainant Adam Bauer alleges that LinkedIn reads Apple’s Universal Clipboard program – which allows users to copy text, images, photos, and videos – without permission. There are likely to be hundreds of thousands of class members in the case.

After Apple’s latest privacy feature – under the new operating system iOS 14 – began alerting users when the clipboard was being accessed, 53 apps, including TikTok and LinkedIn, were found to be reading users’ Universal Clipboard content.

The lawsuit stated: “Until abruptly exposed by Apple and independent developers, LinkedIn had programmed its iPhone and iPad applications to abuse Apple’s Universal Clipboard to brazenly read and divert LinkedIn users’ most sensitive data – including sensitive data from other Apple devices – without their consent or knowledge.”

According to Reuters, a LinkedIn Executive said on Twitter that the company released a new version of the LinkedIn app to end this practice.

LinkedIn has approximately 675 million members worldwide, including executives from every Fortune 500 company.

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