The first statement came from the company management for the “leak” claim about the audio sharing application Clubhouse.
A research group at Stanford University prepared a report about the application, which was established in April 2020 and gained millions of users by reaching a value of $ 1 billion in January 2021. In the report, it was noted that the infrastructure of real Clubhouse was prepared by a company called Agora, while the user identities in the form of a serial number were transmitted in plain text over the internet, it was emphasized that it was possible to access the raw voices of the Clubhouse users of the Chinese Agora company, potentially providing access to the Chinese government .
However especially in recent weeks, a very large participant from China has joined the platform. It has become an area where opponents come together about the change of laws in Hong Kong.
Also stating that any internet traffic monitor can easily match user identities of who is talking to whom in the chatrooms in the Clubhouse. However SIO pointed out that this situation is annoying for Chinese users.
Clubhouse company made a statement about these allegations and the report. The Clubhouse management released a statement that they took into consideration the report published by Stanford University.
“WE WILL SOLVE IN 72 HOURS”
With the help of “Stanford Internet Surveillance, we discovered some areas to strengthen our data security,” the authorities said. In the next 72 hours, we will work on data encryption and to prevent Clubhouse customers’ data from falling on Chinese servers. In addition, we will examine this situation with a security company. Which will we work from outside and we will try to make changes ”.
Stanford Internet Surveillance at Stanford University
The Chinese company announced that Agora Inc is taking over the Clubhouse’s back-end infrastructure. However its said that Agora can save users’ raw audio recordings and make them available to the Chinese government. In the report prepared by the organization, it was announced that metadata in each meeting room is stored on servers in China. Also that these voice recordings can be shared with Chinese officials. Although the organization claimed that if these data were stored in the USA. Chinese government would not have access to this data. (source)