Naturally the chatter about the huge privacy and cybersecurity risks about the new social media sensation Clubhouse caught my attention. For the uninitiated, Clubhouse is the newest kid on the block of social media and networking apps and has seen meteoric rise in its popularity and usage.
“Individuals from the European Union (“EU”) may only use our Services after providing your freely given, informed consent for Clubhouse to collect, transfer, store, and share your Personal Data, as that term is defined in the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.”
“Certain information that is collected automatically, such as device ID, IP address and phone number, and browsing information that is associated with a user will be treated as Personal Information.”
While Clubhouse really offers a very unique service and may be really beneficial to new businesses by helping them make a brand name of themselves, it is a nightmare in terms of privacy risks. Therefore keeping in context the various risks, it may be advisable to resist the fear of missing out and the bandwagon effect and instead adopt the joy of missing out when it comes to using Clubhouse, an app which prima facie has no concerns about protecting personal data or breaching GDPR principles!
 The General Data Protection Regulation can be accessed at < https://gdpr-info.eu/> accessed on 20 March 2021
The E-Privacy Directive can be accessed at<https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=CELEX%3A32002L0058> accessed on 20 March 2021
 Article 22(1) of the GDPR reads as “The data subject shall have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling… or similarly significantly affects him or her”.
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