Many iPhone and iPad apps are claimed to read data from the clipboard, including the popular TikTok app, which has hundreds of millions of users worldwide.
The scandal became clearer after Apple released the iOS 14 developer beta last week. It was first discovered and reported by researchers Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry in March. According to the findings, TikTok and many other applications were regularly calling data from iOS and iPadOS dashboard.
This meant that TikTok could see everything on the board. So the popular app can access Apple users' most sensitive data such as passwords, crypto wallet addresses, account reset links and personal messages.
The video below shows clearly how TikTok does this. TikTok reads each word written one by one.
Okay so TikTok is grabbing the contents of my clipboard every 1-3 keystrokes. iOS 14 is snitching on it with the new paste notification pic.twitter.com/osxp43t5sz
– Jeremy Burge (@jeremyburge) June 24, 2020
In the statement made by TikTok, it was stated that the problem was corrected with the updated update and the updated version was sent to the App Store for approval, but the question marks in the mind have not been resolved yet. Also, it is not known whether the application has read the clipboard data in the Android version for now.
India recently banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, on the grounds of leaking information.
Not just TikTok, there are dozens of apps
Finally, not only TikTok does this copy. Those who have tried the iOS 14 developer beta have seen the same situation in apps like AccuWeather, AliExpress, Call of Duty Mobile, Fruit Ninja, PUBG Mobile, Hotels.com Google News, Overstock and Patreon.