French data privacy watchdog opens probe into Clubhouse

Paris (AFP) – France’s data privacy watchdog said Wednesday that it had opened an investigation into Clubhouse, the US audio chat app that has become a social media hit. The inquiry will seek to determine if European data protection rules apply to the app’s parent company, Alpha Exploration, the CNIL said in a statement, adding that it could take punitive measures if Clubhouse does not respect the legislation. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), implemented in 2018, sets controls in particular on the transfer of private data outside the bloc. Clubhouse offers digital “rooms” wh…

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