French DPA – CNIL Opens Investigation Into The Clubhouse App


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The French Data Protection Authority (DPA) the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) announced that it has commenced an investigation into the Clubhouse app of Alpha Exploration Co. Inc. regarding its compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (GDPR).

The CNIL noted its review of GDPR compliance does not fall under the one-stop-shop mechanism because the audio-based social media application has no establishment in the EEA.

If it was confirmable that the application published by Alpha Exploration Co. Inc. not comply with the GDPR, the CNIL may exercise its own authority.

CNIL opens investigation into the Clubhouse App. The Clubhouse voice app was launched in California in March 2020.  As yet, only offered on IOS, it allows its users to join chat rooms, in which are discussed, at specific times, topics ranging in every respect.

The application that records all the discussions that take place in the rooms, which launches once you have entered your phone number, automatically imports your contact book, to create a profile for all users.

As a recent report from the Stanford Internet Observatory specified that some user metadata was stored uencrypted.

One of the spokespersons for Clubhouse called Reem Bahnasy has confirmed that a user had managed to broadcast audio streams from several rooms on his own site.

But the application has ensured that the user has been banned from application and that it has taken measures to prevent such an incident from happening again.


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