TikTok, the Chinese language-owned video app, stated on Friday that it was shifting the entire information produced by its American customers via servers managed by Oracle, the Silicon Valley firm, in a bid to persuade the U.S. authorities that it’ll not expose the non-public info of People to the Chinese language authorities.
However TikTok added that it might nonetheless retailer its personal backups of that info, doubtlessly complicating these efforts.
The app, which is owned by the Chinese language firm ByteDance, stated in a weblog publish that it anticipated to ultimately delete American customers’ “non-public information from our personal information facilities and totally pivot to Oracle cloud servers positioned” in america. It didn’t say when that may happen.
“For greater than a 12 months, we’ve been working with Oracle on a number of measures as a part of our business relationship to raised safeguard our app, programs, and the safety of U.S. person information,” Albert Calamug, who works for TikTok’s public coverage division, stated within the publish.
The video app made its announcement earlier than BuzzFeed Information revealed an article detailing how TikTok staff felt it was tough to efficiently wall off its information from China. In response to recordings the information outlet stated it had obtained, TikTok staff stated Chinese language engineers had entry to American information as just lately as this 12 months.
“As we’ve publicly said, we’ve introduced in world class inner and exterior safety consultants to assist us strengthen our information safety efforts,” TikTok stated in an announcement. The corporate added that it had created a unit in Might, led from america, to “present a higher stage of focus and governance” on People’ information safety.
In 2020, President Donald J. Trump ordered ByteDance to promote TikTok over considerations it may expose the non-public info of People to Beijing. Whereas the White Home was stated to have reached a deal to promote a part of the app to Oracle and others, it by no means got here to fruition. The Biden administration has continued scrutinizing TikTok and different alternatives for Chinese language corporations to regulate American information.
A White Home spokeswoman didn’t reply to a request for remark. A spokesman for the Treasury Division, which is a member of the committee that vets overseas funding in america, declined to remark. Oracle additionally declined to remark.