Apps have access to copied information on iPhones and iPads

Anne Freier | March 18, 2020


Many of us are regular users of our iPhone’s copy and paste function. But now it turns out that Apple iOS devices are providing apps access to the data stored in your Pasteboard.

The Pasteboard is the location where copied text is stored before being pasted and according to app developers Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry lots of apps can access it.

Among the apps that were identified to access content on iOS devices were TikTok, Viber, Weib, and many gaming apps.

The developers wrote:

“We found that many apps quietly read any text found in the pasteboard every time the app is opened. Text left in the pasteboard could be as simple as a shopping list, or could be something more sensitive: passwords, account numbers, etc.”

However, the apps investigated did not use the data from the Pasteboard for malicious intent.

The apps were simply using the information to access the data without a user being aware.

“Our investigation confirms that many popular apps read the text content of the pasteboard. However, it is not clear what the apps do with the data. To prevent apps from exploiting the pasteboard, Apple must act,” they concluded

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