Clubhouse is said to send user data to China. Is it safe at all?

  • Clubhouse has been an absolutely hot topic in recent weeks
  • A new social network that many users appreciate for its exclusivity
  • But there is the first controversy, Clubhouse allegedly sends sensitive data to China

Is the Clubhouse connected to China? | photo: The Verge

Clubhouse records everything

One of the advantages of the application Clubhouse is that live debates on the network are not recorded in any way (unless the moderator does) and it is not possible to return to them “from the recording”. This adds to the exclusivity and feeling that you may miss something if you do not join the debate. But this is not entirely true.

Stanford University research in Palo Alto, California found the application creates records of internet debates and the network founder of course has access to them. But that wouldn’t be so surprising.

Much more interesting and frightening is the fact that a third-party company called Agora Inc., which sets up the Clubhouse’s back-end infrastructure, also has access to these records, as well as unique user ID numbers and individual chat rooms.

User data on servers in China

And now comes the biggest surprise. The University of California has found that some Clubhouse metadata is stored by Agora on servers located in the People’s Republic of China. These are the aforementioned unique user and room IDs (without encryption, incomprehensibly) and even a raw audio recording of the debates. He has an explanation simpleThe Agora that Clubhouse developers invited to help is a Chinese company from Shanghai.

Clubhouse is thus entering a similar spiral as previously Huawei, Honor, ZTE and other brands. A simple lesson is that if a company is based in China, it is required by law to cooperate with the Chinese Communist government, including the armed forces, if necessary (for example, a state threat). Hyperbolically, we can say that any society in China is still partly owned by the People’s Republic of China.

Agora denies the allegations

Representatives of Stanford University decided to contact the individual entities. Agora responded by working with Clubhouse on the application’s back-end infrastructure, but not storing anything like user profiles or audio recordings of discussions. According to Agora, all this extremely sensitive data is stored on servers in the USA and the Chinese communists do not have access to it.

The press department of the American company Clubhouse, which is behind the application of the same name, stated that according to them it is also not possible for audio data to pass through servers in China. Developers even admit that the application is not officially available in China and the only data they collect from China is from users who downloaded the application sideways at home, probably via VPN access.

However, researchers at Stanford University insist on their findings and explain their arguments in an extensive but clear manner studied.


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Clubhouse breaks down trends

The Clubhouse social network has been a total hit in the last few weeks. This is a new network, which is currently only available as an application for iOS and you can access it only by being invited by an already active user. The main idea is discussion, it is debated in the so-called rooms and the only way it is possible to engage in conversation is by voice. There is nothing like chat, emoji and so on in the Clubhouse; but also video.


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