The upstart platform seems to have experienced the same fate, with an SQL database containing 1.3 million Clubhouse user records leaked for free on a popular hacker forum.
So that’s what’s actually happening here: Logging of when Clubhouse requests information from Instagram; Not Instagram literally recording audio when Clubhouse accesses it.
The Shanghai-based infrastructure supplier of Clubhouse called Agora Inc. raised security concerns that it may provide information to the Chinese government to identify and monitor users, especially for politically exposed personnel.
The company told SIO that it was going to roll out changes “to add additional encryption and blocks to prevent Clubhouse clients from ever transmitting pings to Chinese servers” and said it would hire an external security firm to review and validate the updates.
For example, say you have an ex or even a harasser you’ve tried to block from your life, but they still have your number in their phone; if they upload their contacts, Clubhouse will know you’re connected to them and make recommendations on that basis.