The Strategist

French watchdog to check Clubhouse for possible breaches of privacy rules

03/18/2021 - 02:43

France's National Commission for Informatics and Civil Liberties (CNIL) said on 17 March that it had launched an investigation into the voice social network Clubhouse.

The regulator is checking it for possible violations of European privacy rules. The investigation was launched in response to a petition whose authors claimed "possible breaches in the Clubhouse app in terms of privacy".

The CNIL said it was not yet clear how Clubhouse and the US company that launched it, Alpha Exploration, which has no legal entity within the EU, use user data and to what extent they comply with data security regulations. 

The regulator will also check whether the social network's activities are covered by the 2018 EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which tightened rules on privacy and tracking of user data.

Previously, Clubhouse's activities had already attracted attention of a German regulator. In February, the Hamburg data protection authority requested information from the social network's founders on how they protect European users' data.