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Please create good tiktok(-analyse)s

Once again a report about TikTok is going around. We have read it carefully: It’s mostly nonsense. Let’s have a look at the claims one after the other

The amazing tale of a test certificate and the Unix timestamp that traveled through time.

Now let’s move on to sports: the whole world is talking about the test certificates of a tennis player right now.

Novak Đoković is a serbian tennis player who recently entered Australia – without vaccination, but with two PCR test certificates. A positive test result from December 16th and a negative test result from December 22nd. He is therefore considered to be recovered.

With this he got a special permit to enter the country unvaccinated – but this permit was then considered insufficient when he entered the country. In the meantime, however, a court has allowed him to enter australia.

In cooperation with SPIEGEL, we took a look at the court documents and tried to understand the technical details. 🕵️

Gorillas: Special offer - unicorn slices, 150g 🦍❤️

Gorillas Advertising with the slogan 'Just going check gorillas one more time, then I will put the phone away... oh nice, cinnamon buns' but 'cinnamon buns' is replaced with 'data'

We felt more like “Oh fuck, Databreach”

During the pandemic, grocery delivery services gained popularity. New players on the market offer delivery in under an hour. One of them is Gorillas, which not only delivers apples and granola bars in 10 minutes, but just as quickly delivered the data of all its customers.

How could this happen? Unfortunately, it was once again much too simple. But let’s start at the beginning:

No one else was in the room where it happened - disturbing the clubhouse peace

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What happened so far …

In our first thread on Clubhouse (in german) we had only taken a superficial look at Clubhouse.

We saw that Clubhouse uses an external service provider called Agora.io for the voice call functionality. Agora.io is also used by many other apps, including a therapy app. In the thread we found that, among other things, we can easily listen to a room without being displayed to the other room participants if we communicate directly with Agora.

Conversely, you can also be displayed in a room without listening. However, this is not really a problem - after all, even outside Clubhouse you are often present in conversations without really listening.

… and what happened next …

Clubhouse really likes your phone book

Dieser Artikel ist auch auf Deutsch erschienen.


tl;dr: Every time you open the invite tab, clubhouse uploads all the phone numbers from your address book.


Clubhouse is currently invite-only, which is probably part of the current hype. To invite someone you have to give Clubhouse access to your address book. This has been criticized several times. There has been a lot of discussion about how Clubhouse uses this address book data. We took a look and document how clubhouse currently uses the data from your address book and how it could be done better.