When it comes to brick-and-mortar clubhouses, getting in is typically the challenge. Clubhouse, the buzzy audio-focused social media app, appears to have flipped that logic on its head.
“Please log in to your account or contact us (at [email protected]) if you need to change or correct your Personal Data, or if you wish to delete your account,” it reads.
It’s unclear how long Clubhouse takes to process account deletion requests.
Unlike simply deleting an app from your phone, deleting an account — and any associated data — is a way to ensure that your personal information doesn’t live on in a company’s servers long after you’ve left. This may be of particular interest to Clubhouse users as the app requires access to your entire contact list for the purpose of sending invites (which is the only way, as of the time of this writing, to get an account).
An individual’s phone contact list exposes all kinds of potentially sensitive personal information like past and present therapists, doctors’ offices, rehab facilities, places of worship, and drug dealers, among others.
“The contacts list in my phone is not a list of my friends,” she wrote. “There are people on that list that I never want to hear from and that I would prefer not to have any information about what I’m doing.”
The contacts list in my phone is not a list of my friends. There are people on that list that I never want to hear from and that I would prefer not to have any information about what I’m doing. I will never want to send an invite to anything to my contacts list.
— Eva (@evacide) February 11, 2021
We sent an account deletion request to Clubhouse, but received no immediate response.
This, of course, doesn’t inspire confidence. And it should perhaps serve as a reminder that not all clubs are worth joining.