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The CNIL wants to look at the way in which the American application, which makes it possible to organize audio shows, uses the private information of its users.

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Are personal data on Clubhouse sufficiently protected? The Cnil, French gendarme of personal data, has opened an investigation into the way in which the social network Clubhouse uses the private information of its users, she announced on Wednesday March 17th.

“The investigation must make it possible to confirm” if the European data protection legislation (RGPD) is indeed applicable to the company, and if this one respects it, specified in a press release the CNIL, explaining that in case of non-compliance, it could “where appropriate, make use of its own repressive powers”.

Clubhouse, an American application, is an audio social network, which allows its users to come together in a virtual lounge to have a conversation. The recent application has been boosted by the containment measures adopted around the world due to the health crisis.

In France, it has been used in particular by Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, or Senator Nathalie Goulet, to communicate directly with the public. But the application has been the subject of questions about its use of private data of its users, or its technical security.

In France, “a petition gathering to date more than 10,000 signatures is currently circulating to alert the CNIL to possible breaches of privacy by the Clubhouse application”, said the CNIL in its press release. According to the CNIL, Clubhouse has, according to its initial verifications “no establishment in the European Union”. The French gendarme is therefore entitled to conduct his own procedure, “like each of its European counterparts”, he explained.

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