TikTok a buzzing short-video app, will continue storing backup data of U.S. users in its own data centers in Virginia and Singapore!
The social app sensation said they will closely work with Oracle to develop protocols for how data is accessed and managed.
Trending short-form video app said that the traffic for all U.S. user data is now being routed through the cloud infrastructure of its partner Oracle Corp.
TikTok uses its own U.S. and Singapore data centers as backup but expects to delete U.S. user data from its own data centers and migrate fully to Oracle servers.
*CNN tweet on TikTok data and Oracle deal
TikTok has moved its US user data to Oracle's cloud platform, the short-form video app announced Friday. The decision addresses concerns from US officials that the social media company's Chinese ties could pose national security risks. https://t.co/zjWo6cx0wy
— CNN (@CNN) June 18, 2022
“We know we are among the most scrutinized platforms from a security standpoint, and we aim to remove any doubt about the security of U.S. user data,” Albert Calamug, who is responsible for TikTok’s U.S. policy, said
TikTok also said it would be working with Oracle to develop protocols for how data is accessed and managed.
TikTok has been trying to calm concerns its Chinese parent or even the Chinese government could gain access to the huge amounts of data it has on Americans and other users.
Placing more of that data on servers in the U.S. with a U.S. company won’t be enough for many critics, as the physical location of data doesn’t mean it’s protected as long as others can have access, said Ray Wang, founder of Constellation Research Inc.
the issue of Chinese access to U.S. user data came to the forefront of the discussion surrounding TikTok. When President Donald Trump threatened to ban the app on national-security grounds.
*Most watched TikTok video to date (Zch King on Harry Poter)
A host of U.S. companies swooped in with offers to buy the platform, promising to protect the data of U.S. users.
Microsoft Corp. was an early suitor to acquire the app, but the deal soon hit snags when it became apparent that ByteDance wouldn’t share the app’s core algorithm, the powerful program which helps match content to consumers.