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Clubhouse Users’ Raw Audio May Be Exposed to Chinese Partner

  • Stanford Internet Observatory says potential risk in app’s use
  • For mainland Chinese users, exposure is troubling, SIO says
The Clubhouse app.
The Clubhouse app.

Photographer: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto/Getty Images

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Clubhouse, the popular app that allows people to create digital discussion groups, says it’s reviewing its data security practices after the Stanford Internet Observatory found potential vulnerabilities in its infrastructure that could allow external access to users’ raw audio data.

The SIO confirmed that Agora Inc., a Shanghai-based start-up with offices in Silicon Valley, provides back-end infrastructure to Clubhouse and sells a “real-time voice and video engagement platform.”