User privacy is one of Apple’s best-known flags and the renewal of its operating system reinforces this commitment. During WWDC, this Monday, the company presented at least 7 new ways in which iOS 14 protects our security, specifically our personal data, from the apps we install on our iPhone.
Access to clipboard, microphone, and other sensitive information by third-party apps is a common complaint of users, and Apple has incorporated a feature in iOS 14 that displays a pop-up message warning us of this practice. As shared by those who have been able to download the iOS 14 beta version , the feature has already given away several service companies and social networks.
So far, the companies denounced for this practice, include the social network of the moment TikTok. According to users who upgraded to iOS 14, constant alerts began to appear quickly warning that TikTok was accessing the clipboard every few seconds . In a statement to The Telegraph, TikTok said it accessed the clipboard to identify spam behavior.
“For TikTok, this was activated by a function designed to identify repetitive and unwanted behavior. We have already sent an updated version of the application to the App Store removing the anti-spam feature to eliminate any possible confusion”.
While the warnings against unethical TikTok practices are not new, other services that we might never suspect have been added to the list discovered by users. And it’s not all in words. In a video shared by the developer Ryan Jones NYT or WSJ, stores like AliExpress or the Chrome browser among others, access the clipboard just by opening them.
Before iOS 14 was released, a couple of developers sounded an alarm to let users and Apple know that iPhone and iPad applications were silently accessing the clipboard. And while this is unavoidable at the moment, Apple’s response is a great start.