It appears Apple listened when developers Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk earlier this year revealed that many popular iOS apps quietly read a device’s clipboard, where copied and pasted text temporarily resides. Since the clipboard contents could include passwords and other sensitive information, this could pose security issues.
Mysk today revealed that Apple has made a change with iOS 14 that provides users with more transparency about apps accessing the clipboard. The first developer beta of iOS 14 alerts users when an app or widget pastes text from the clipboard.
Looks like @apple fixed the clipboard privacy issue we highlighted earlier this year. Apple said it wasn’t an issue, but surprisingly they fixed it in #iOS14 the exact way we recommended in our article.
A notification is shown every time an app or widget reads the clipboard
— Mysk (@mysk_co) June 22, 2020
The clipboard notifications are just one of the numerous privacy-focused improvements Apple made in iOS 14. Others include the ability to share your approximate location rather than your exact location with an app, and an indicator that informs you when an app is accessing your device’s mic or camera.
Apple unveiled iOS during the WWDC 2020 keynote address on Monday. The first beta is currently only available to registered developers, but a free public beta will be available next month.