TikTok, a Chinese-owned video app, said on Friday that it is moving all data created by its American users through servers controlled by Oracle, a Silicon Valley company, in an attempt to convince the US government that it will not expose Americans’ personal information to Chinese government.
But TikTok added that it will still keep its own backups of this information, which could complicate those efforts.
The application belongs to the Chinese company ByteDance. in a blog post that it expects to eventually remove “US users’ personal data from our own data centers and move it entirely to Oracle’s cloud servers located” in the United States. When this happens is not reported.
“For over a year, we have been working with Oracle on several measures as part of our commercial relationship to better protect our application, systems, and user data security in the US,” Albert Kalamug, TikTok Public Policy Officer. , the message says.
The video app made its announcement before the BuzzFeed news. published an article detailing how TikTok employees found it difficult to successfully isolate their data from China. According to records obtained by the news agency, TikTok employees said that Chinese engineers had access to US data as early as this year.
“As we have publicly stated, we have engaged world-class internal and external security experts to help us strengthen our data security efforts,” TikTok said in a statement. The company added that it created a United States-led division in May to “provide a greater level of focus and control” over Americans’ data security.
In 2020, ByteDance was ordered by President Donald Trump to sell TikTok over concerns that it might reveal Americans’ personal information to Beijing. While the White House it was said that reached an agreement to sell part of the application to Oracle and other companies, but it never came to fruition. The Biden administration continues to scrutinize TikTok and other ways Chinese companies can control US data.
A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for the Treasury Department, which is a member of the committee that reviews foreign investment in the US, declined to comment. Oracle also declined to comment.