Clubhouse will issue security update over Chinese data-sharing concerns

Clubhouse will issue security update over Chinese data-sharing concerns

Clubhouse didn’t officially release in China and it was also banned just days ago, but the app’s creators are still nervous enough to take action.

Sometime during the long U.S. holiday weekend, developer Alpha Exploration Co. will make backend changes that will boost the service’s encryption and prevent user ID pings from being routed through servers in China. The Clubhouse dev also pledged to have “an external data security firm…review and validate these changes.”

The move follows a detailed report from the Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) revealing the audio chat app’s previously unreported links to a tech interest in China. Agora is a “video, voice and live interactive streaming platform” that provides backend services to Clubhouse — namely hosting and piping the app’s raw audio across the internet. Read more…

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