Apple has exposed some smartphone apps that read contents of users’ clipboards whenever they are on screen. Thee company did that through the release of a new security patch on the latest iOS 14. The popular video-sharing app TikTok is among the apps involved it that practice.
TikTok had earlier been caught in this act but in March, the popular video-sharing app told the Telegraph that it’s was going to stop practice in a few weeks. However, its seems that has not been done as the new iOS14 feature that alerts users when an app tries to access the clipboard detected it still does.
Other apps that also access users’ clipboards include Overstock, Accuweather, AliExpress, Patreon, Call of Duty Mobile and Google News.
A TikTok spokesman clarified that a feature on the app which is designed to identify repetitive and spammy behaviour is the culprit. He also disclosed that a new update has been submitted to the Apple App store which removes the anti-spam feature which accesses the clipboard. However, it wasn’t stated when the update will be available on Android devices.