Govt Prying On Clubhouse Rooms And Violating Policies

Clubhouse will now be under electronic surveillance


Clubhouse: According to reports, Indian government agents have begun snooping on the invite-only app Clubhouse’s live voice chat rooms.


Sources told The Hindu that India’s top central agencies, including the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing, National Investigation Agency, Enforcement Directorate, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Central Bureau of Investigation, Narcotics Control Bureau and Central Board of Direct Taxes, have been tracking the Clubhouse rooms.

Clubhouse is an invite-only social networking website where members may trade audio samples rather than photographs, videos, or texts. Rohan Seth and Paul Davison are the creators of the app.

Violation of Clubhouse’s Terms of Services

With central agents secretly attempting to gather information from chat groups, the Clubhouse app is currently under electronic monitoring.

This, however, is a clear violation of Clubhouse’s terms and conditions. The following is stated in the app’s terms and conditions:

  • Nobody is allowed to “record any section of a discussion without the full authorization of all speakers involved.” However, it has been revealed that these agencies have been recording conversations without the knowledge of all speakers.
  • Attempting to access or gain information by any methods is also a serious violation of the app’s Terms of Service.

Clubhouse’s Take

According to Paul Davison, the business saves a brief encrypted buffer recording of the audio in the room for research purposes only. However, if no one reports the room, the recording is destroyed.

Davison stated that the corporation has taken a three-tiered approach to trust and safety, focusing on people, policy, and product.

“We have verified that this is a genuine identity service. Authorization requires a phone number, which is more difficult to forge. This is also a voice network, which is more difficult to forge,” Davison explained.

IT Act 

While these security and intelligence agencies have been given authority to act under Section 69 of the Information Technology Act 2000, as read with the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Interception, Monitoring, and Decryption of Information Rules, 2009), it should be noted that Clubhouse has yet to comply with the IT rules.

Meanwhile, the corporation stated last week that it is “currently figuring out how the regulations relate to them and will strive towards compliance.”

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