According to Welch, we might have allowed this to happen. Apple just launched their updated software system, iOS 13.1 and iPadOS. There is an issue with this situation, Apple isn’t so sure that another bug is not being fixed just yet.
Due to an unfixed bug, the keyboards in the new update can be able to gain information from the user and thus can send data onto the internet. The scary part is that it could evidently include anything you type. This is worrisome because many young people engage more through text messaging and say more intimate or serious information. Examples of third-party keyboards are Grammarly, SwiftKey, and Google’s Gboard.
It is warned that if a user has avoided granting full access, they would be recommended to deleting third-party keyboards until further notice by Apple.
Personally, I could see this issue being intentional. Various media platforms are craving for more data on consumers. How far can companies go about selling data? Maybe it has benefitted third- party keyboard companies? Who really knows?
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This is a very terrifying topic to think about. Do you think the companies gathering the data actually retain information that’s useful for marketing though? At this point, it seems more like an invasion of privacy rather than a way for companies to gather data for their services.