Clubhouse, a new audio-only chat app, is being investigated by France’s data protection watchdog.
The country of France is The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) is investigating the famous Clubhouse app to see whether European data protection laws extend to the business based in the United States.
In a statement, the CNIL also said that if the chat app does not follow the rules and regulations, the watchdog will take action.
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Clubhouse, according to the CNIL, does not have a “corporate body within the European Union,” but it was still collecting personal data. The security of the information obtained by the audio-only app has also been challenged by the watchdog.
A petition with over 10,000 signatures has also been submitted in France, with the intention of alerting the agency to any “potential violations of privacy by the Clubhouse app”.
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This comes months after the app’s release, which has captivated the world. Also, some French ministers, such as Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, have used the app to communicate directly with the public. Clubhouse is an audio-only chat app that can only be downloaded via invites from other Clubhouse users. Each consumer is limited to sending two of these invitations.
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Users can listen to interviews and conversations between specific people in this app, much as they would in a conference room, with the exception that not everyone can speak in that room. The room will be locked until the discussion is over.