France Data Watchdog Opens Clubhouse App Probe

France’s data-protection watchdog announced that it’s opened a probe into private social media app Clubhouse following a complaint, reported Bloomberg.

French regulator CNIL stated on Wednesday, March 17, it questioned Alpha Exploration, the US company behind the invite-only app, about the measures taken for the app to comply with EU rules on March 12.

CNIL stated the probe aims to confirm whether the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation applies to Clubhouse, even though it has no establishment in Europe. If so, the watchdog could make use of its sanctioning powers, it stated.

The probe follows concerns voiced by one of Germany’s most outspoken data protection regulators last month. The Hamburg data regulator asked the makers of the Clubhouse app for information about how they protect the privacy of European users and their contacts.

Clubhouse users post off-the-cuff, informal conversations. It has become a popular platform, with about 5 million users by the end of January.

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