Concerns have now been raised about the security of Clubhouse conversations after a user managed to stream multiple rooms to a third-party website.
Club house Security questions are now being asked after it was discovered that the recordings were taken from the audio-only app and streamed elsewhere. Since Clubhouse is so new, it is still a development app with a number of hurdles that need to be overcome, including device compatibility and general accessibility. It seems that now security can also be added to the list.
One of the unique selling points of Clubhouse is that it is an audio-only app. More specifically, an audio-only application where conversations can only be heard in real time. The app doesn’t offer an option to record, save, or download conversations for later, and this also generally means that conversations shouldn’t be online anywhere else. Essentially, what happens in the Clubhouse stays in the Clubhouse.
However, one person was able to stream conversations from the app to another website, according to a new Bloomberg report. A spokesperson for the app appears to have confirmed the incident and that several Clubhouse rooms were affected. In response, the user has been banned and new measures have already been taken to try to prevent a repeat incident. Clubhouse did not provide any firm information on what these new safeguards consist of.
Should you expect privacy in the clubhouse?
The simple answer is Do not. Although the same could probably be said for any app these days. While Clubhouse does its best to provide an isolated environment for conversations, there are many reasons to assume that this is easier said than done. Elon Musk recently had a conversation with the CEO of Robinhood at the Clubhouse and that was recorded and uploaded to YouTube. There have also been concerns about the technology in use, following a recent report that highlighted vulnerabilities that could lead to third parties gaining access to the application and its activities. Clubhouse responded to that previous report in a similar way to the last one, adding new safeguards.
In reality, Clubhouse users should not automatically assume that conversations are guaranteed to be private and this is regardless of protections already in place or soon to be. While they may assume the likelihood of privacy, it is unlikely to be something that can be guaranteed absolutely all of the time, and reports like this are likely to only increase as time goes on. Ultimately, the best and possibly the only way to ensure that certain things that are said in a conversation at the Clubhouse do not spread elsewhere is to not say them in the first place. While Clubhouse is set up to be an interesting and useful tool for chatting with other people online, self-moderation will always be the best form of protection.
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