A New York resident has filed a class-action lawsuit against LinkedIn over its iOS app, which read data from Apple device users’ clipboards, a feature that LinkedIn says has been disabled in the newest version of the app.
The suit says LinkedIn violated California privacy laws and federal wiretap laws.
Social networking company LinkedIn was hit with a class-action complaint alleging that it engaged in “a particularly brazen, indefensible privacy violation” by reading data from Apple users’ clipboards.
“Until abruptly exposed by Apple and independent developers, LinkedIn had programmed its iPhone and iPad applications to abuse Apple’s Universal Clipboard to brazenly read and divert LinkedIn users’ most sensitive data — including sensitive data from other Apple devices — without their consent or knowledge,” New York resident Adam Bauer alleges in a class-action complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
The allegations appear to stem from a report earlier this month by developer Don Morton, who tweeted that Microsoft’s LinkedIn was copying the clipboards on his iPad and MacBook.