Reddit is the latest prominent app that is discovered to be accessing the content of copied to clipboard without user permission. Twitter user DonCubed posted a screen-recording on Twitter showing the Reddit app pasted users copied information in the clipboard.
New privacy features in iOS 14 are to thank for the unveiling of the intrusive conduct exhibited by guilty third-party apps and websites. The new feature alerts users when their data is getting copied from the clipboard by an app or website.
Reddit is not the first app to be exposed by the iOS 14 privacy feature notifying users of the clipboard activity. On Friday, LinkedIn claimed that a software bug was to blame for its app triggering the notification. TikTok was involved in similar controversy a week prior. The renowned social networking service claimed that the snooping was an anti-spam measure. Whereas, it had been reported in March that TikTok developer ByteDance announced that the social platform will stop copying from clipboard soon.
In a statement to The Verge, a spokesperson for Reddit explained there was no violation of privacy and the app only does this to suggest post titles based on the text context of the URLs in the clipboard. He mentioned that Reddit does not save and shares user information with another party for targeted ads. However, he said that:
“We removed this code and are releasing the fix on July 14th.”
New Privacy Features in iOS 14
A public beta of Apple’s iOS 14 operating system, iOS 14, is expected to be released in the coming weeks. The company’s growing list of security features may reveal more applications that are partaking in this unethical behavior.
Some new privacy features in iOS 14 include:
- Not every app can obtain your precise geolocation.
- An indicator to spot if Microphone/Camera is recording.
- Users can give restricted photo library access to apps.
- iCloud Keychain in iOS 14 alerts users about leaked passwords.
- Apple’s iOS 14 privacy updates give users more control and transparency over data usage
- iOS 14’s ‘Ask Permission’ privacy feature will switch IDFA tracking to opt-in
- Apple launches Face ID and Touch ID authentication for Web in iOS, iPadOS and macOS