Clubhouse app operator fined $2M for GDPR violations


Alpha Exploration, operator of the social media app Clubhouse, received a penalty from the Italian data protection authority (DPA) for the unlawful processing of European Union citizens’ data in violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The company was ordered to pay a fine of 2 million euros (then-U.S. $2 million) on Oct. 6. The Italian DPA, Garante, announced its findings in a press release Monday.

On Clubhouse, users communicate in audio chat rooms. The U.S.-based app launched to the public in 2020 and quickly grew to reach 16 million active users per month.

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