Oops - TikTok Says They'll Stop Spying on Users' Clipboards

Alert Tik Tok reads the content of clipboard on iPhones

26 Jun 2020 #Alert Tik Tok reads the content of clipboard on iPhones Written by Shubham Sharma Science

Still, it makes one wonder how many of these apps are covertly accessing the iOS clipboard, and if they've been doing the same thing on Android and older iOS versions without our knowledge. Given that users often copy information such as personal messages and financial transaction details, this can lead to a potential risk of personal user data being collected by TikTok, so far without letting anyone know about it.

Notably, other apps were also accessing clipboards but not that frequently.

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As the issue surfaced, users took it to Twitter, criticizing TikTok and calling the matter a huge invasion of privacy and data theft.

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A TikTok spokesman clarified that a feature on the app which is created to identify repetitive and spammy behaviour is the culprit. In a report by Ars Technica, 54 from a collection of 56 found by researchers Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry were still reading the clipboard. This includes features to give users more control over what data each app has access to.

Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia discovered that TikTok actually accesses the clipboard data every few seconds when typing.

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iOS 14 is limited to developers at the current time, but Apple plans to release a public beta version next month ahead of the software's fall launch. "We have now submitted an up-to-date variation of the app to the Application Retail outlet eliminating the anti-spam characteristic to remove any opportunity confusion", the Chinese business explained in a statement.

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