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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 644: iOS Keyboard Privacy

One of the new features in iOS 8 is the ability to use third party keyboards. Most of them require enabling “full access” which shows a rather scary dialog box that (rightfully) prompts some security concerns.

That said: read the privacy policy. It may not be that bad. For example, the one for Smile Software’s TextExpander Touch is pretty benign:

The TextExpander touch custom keyboard requires Allow Full Access to be turned on so that it can:

  • expand snippets by sharing snippet data with the TextExpander app
  • play sounds for key taps and snippet expansion

The keyboard maintains a small buffer of recent key taps for the purpose of matching a snippet abbreviation. The buffer clears after a limited number of key taps.

The keyboard does not require or use network access.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 644: iOS Keyboard Privacy

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