LinkedIn faces lawsuit for spying on iPhones and iPads user’s sensitive data through device apps. That is the shocking news coming out of San Francisco Federal Court, Friday July 10, 2020. LinkedIn lawsuit claims the subsidiary of Microsoft specifically designed the LinkedIn app to copy and divert sensitive information. The LinkedIn app specifically targeted information on the iPhone clipboard. If an iPhone user copies a photo then pasted onto another document that photo is save on the clipboard. The clipboard stores the document for 120 seconds then automatically delete to maintain privacy. However, the lawsuit also states that the app circumvented that defense. Basically, the app modifies the clipboard so the data would remain activated past the 120.
Discovery and Reaction
LinkedIn faces lawsuit because private program is and Apples iOS 14 beta test discovered the spying software. The new iOS 14 as new privacy protection features that alert a user on their smartphones accessing sensitive data. This was due to constant reports by users that apps were accessing the clip or other sensitive information. These reports have persisted for years. However, it was the iOS 14 beta release that caught these companies.
In response to LinkedIn company spokesman stated that they were reviewing the lawsuit. However, other members of the company have stated that they tracked the issue to a code in the program. They claim that LinkedIn faces lawsuit over wishes it simply equality between clipboard data and currently text. It was also stated by LinkedIn that it does not “store or transmit the contents of the clipboard”. If LinkedIn faces lawsuit is any indication of the amount of spying conducted by apps smartphone the changes will come. Most likely the only sign of these changes will be announcements from various companies of updates to their apps. No company wants to have its own LinkedIn faces lawsuit scenario