- TikTok may be copying Bitcoin addresses and clipboard data
- iOS 14 beta is notifying users to apps spying clipboard data
- TikTok has failed to address the issue
Cryptocurrency news today – TikTok, has been tagged as accessing user data for no clear reason. Nearby user devices that share a single Apple ID can request for Universal Clipboard data from other iOS devices. Recall that last week, Apple released the iOS 14 developer beta. This new upgrade for the iPhone has made it possible for you to be alerted when a popular iOS application is reading your clipboard data. Some apps can copy your clipboard data with no clear reason. This can also be done from other close Apple devices. Concerns were first raised in March this year when researchers Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk reported that TikTok and many other apps were recalling user data from iOS and iPadOS clipboard regularly even when you aren’t in a text input space. The clipboard data could also include Bitcoin addresses along with other important financial information.
Cryptocurrency Latest News – Update iOS 14 Beta Has a Notification that Alerts Users to Any App Copying Their Clipboard Data
The iOS 14 beta launch comes with an alert feature that tells users when an app is copying clipboard data. TikTok is requesting data after every keystroke, yet it wasn’t initiated by the user neither is it pasted into the field. The recent Apple devices, including iPads, iPhones, and MacBook, include a Universal Clipboard. When devices that share a single Apple ID are close to each other (10 feet), they can copy clipboard data from the other devices if you want to paste data from one device to the other. Mysk and Bakry identified about 50 major applications in March that used the functionality. They range from TikTok (which now has an estimated 800 million users worldwide) to news apps like CBS News, The New York Times, and Fox News. Some games like Bejeweled and PUBG Mobile, as well as other applications including Hotels.com and AccuWeather were singled out.
Crypto News – TikTok Has Not Addressed the Issue
Back in March, it was reported that TikTok said it will address the issue. However, it did not do anything about it. Last week a TikTok representative said the functionality was implemented to operate as anti-spam. The spokesperson said an updated version of the TikTok app with no clipboard callback has been submitted to App Store pending approval. Mysk said only two other mobile apps out of the total 50 plus major applications identified in March, only 10% changed this functionality after it was brought to their attention. However, now that iOS 14 beta has put an alert to warn users, developers can be more motivated to tackle issues like this.