For those who do not know, Clubhouse is an iOS-only app that has gained popularity. Clubhouse lets users host ‘Rooms’ where they can have audio conversations with each other. A speaker/moderator can invite others in the audience to participate in the discussion or ask questions. Users can also follow each other on the platform. Clubhouse’s Android app is about to launch soon, according to a recent interview by the founders.
Is Clubhouse recording audio?
The fact that Clubhouse is recording audio, and keeping it when a user report comes up, does some raise questions about privacy on the app. For one, while Clubhouse itself explicitly prohibits users from recording sessions and stressed on ephemerality, it is keeping an audio file, even if temporarily.
Further it is not clear what happens to the audio file, who listens to it, if it is kept permanently in case someone does make a complaint, points out the report. After all one might not know if a room they were part of, saw complaints and if the audio is indeed saved. The policy also does not specify how soon the investigations are completed and how quickly the audio is deleted.
Clubhouse and other private information
Clubhouse also collects information when you are connecting third-party services such as your Twitter profile or Instagram profile to the app, notes the report.
So keep in mind if you connect Clubhouse with other accounts, there is information exchange happening and it maybe be collecting and storing this as well, including your list of friends and followers.
It also look like in order to delete your Clubhouse account you will have to write an email to a support account. Clubhouse doesn’t have an option to delete the account, which is strange, given most social media companies offer this as an option to their users inside the app.