TikTok is working to prevent EU data from entering China

Popular video app TikTok is working in Europe to ensure user data doesn’t end up in China. With this, the social media platform is responding to, among others, the European Commission and the European Parliament’s move to ban its use on business devices by its own employees.

TikTok is owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance and has come under fire since the company admitted some employees had access to users’ data in the US and Europe.

More and more governments and parliaments are banning TikTok from their employees’ workplace phones and other business devices for fear of data theft and spying.

‘A higher duty rests upon us’

Theo Bertram, vice president of European public policy at TikTok, acknowledged there were “real concerns” among Western governments about China. “I think we have a greater obligation to demonstrate how we will protect users’ data.”

According to him, Tiktok will work in Europe as well as in America. In that country, where TikTok is not allowed on the mobile phones and tablets of many civil servants, a special agreement was signed with Oracle. That company ensures that US user data is stored on servers in the US and never leaves the country.

TikTok in Europe

“We are working on three new data centers and we will be working with a partner,” Bertram says of the approach in Europe, without giving further details without naming the partner. TikTok has around 150 million users in Europe, of which 25 million are in the United Kingdom. The app has more than a billion users worldwide.

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