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Clubhouse chatroom breached: Letting third-party developer design app for Android users backfires

The wildly popular social media app Clubhouse suffered a data breach, as a third-party developer designed an open-source app that allowed Android smartphone customers to break into the iPhone-only service.

Clubhouse has confirmed that a user was able to stream audio from the app on their website. The audio-only social networking app, launched in March 2020, allows people to gather online in public or private audio chatrooms.

The unidentified user managed to stream live Clubhouse audio feed from multiple rooms simultaneously on their third-party website. What’s concerning is that the unidentified user manager to do this even though they were not an invited member of those chatrooms. Following the incident, a spokeswoman said, “This individual’s account has been permanently banned from the service and we have added additional safeguards to prevent people from doing this in the future.”

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Last year witnessed some of the biggest GDPR violation-related fines

In a historic settlement, the French government doled out a fine of €50 million penalty in March 2020 for failing to be transparent to it’s users about the personal data that it collected from its services and products.

In a similar fashion, Italian telecommunication giant, Telecom Italia, was also awarded a  GDPR fine of $31.5 million or €27.8 million by the Italian Data Protection Authority for resorting to cold calls, emails, and calls. British Airways were also handed out a fine surmounting to $26 million following the 2018 data breach incident. Hackers were able to access personally identifiable data of more that 400,000 customers. The initial penalty was set at $238 million, however, since the airline is struggling with the slump from the pandemic, the Information Commissioners Office, reduced the fine amount to $26 million. Similarly, Marriott’s penalty of $123 million was also cut down to $23.8 million owing to the business performing poorly in the midst of a worldwide travel ban. The company was fined after it failed to protect the critical data of its customers that included details of names, passport numbers, payment card details and addresses along with some flight reservation data.

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