(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp.'s LinkedIn was sued by a New York-based iPhone user on Friday for allegedly reading and diverting users' sensitive content from Apple Inc.'s Universal Clipboard application.
According to the Apple Web site, Universal Clipboard allows users to copy text, images, photos and videos on one Apple device and then paste the content onto another Apple device.
According to the lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court by Adam Bauer, LinkedIn reads clipboard information without notifying the user.
LinkedIn did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment.
According to media reports from last week, 53 apps including TikTok and LinkedIn were reported to read users' Universal Clipboard content, after Apple's latest privacy feature started alerting users when the clipboard is reached with a banner that says "pasted from messages."
"These" readings "are interpreted by Apple's Universal Clipboard as a" paste in "command," Mr. Bauer. "
A CEO on LinkedIn had said on Twitter last week that the company released a new version of its app to end this practice.
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The lawsuit seeks to certify the complaint as a group action based on alleged violation of the law or social standards, according to California law.
According to the complaint, LinkedIn has not only spied on its users, but have spied on their nearby computers and other devices, and it has bypassed Apple's time clip for Universal Clipboard.