Data in transit through China
Especially since the platform does not start off on the best foot. The nicknames and chat identifiers pass in an unencrypted manner on the platform, which could allow a malicious hacker to follow Internet users within the app. It also happens that part of the data passes through Chinese servers, exposing them to the risk of state surveillance.
Add to that the announcement that a developer had managed to access the content of uninvited conversations and you have an explosive security cocktail.
Quite a few technical challenges
The company said they were correcting the situation by encrypting the data and setting aside its Chinese servers. Other more structural limitations also pointed out. In order to find new people to invite, Clubhouse imports, for example, your contact book when you register. The issue of encryption of conversations held on Clubhouse is also controversial. Currently, the exchanges circulate and are stored in the clear for questions of moderation. Adding a layer of encryption would enhance privacy, but would make moderation more complex.
Last, Clubhouse’s elitist polish hides technical challenges that could undermine the VIP side of the application. “Clubhouse should just be honest about their management of privacy so that everyone can express themselves knowingly” , summarizes Robert Potter.
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