China-owned video app TikTok said on Friday it was moving the US government to ensure that it was moving all data generated by its American users through a server controlled by Silicon Valley company Oracle. Personal information of Americans to the Chinese government.
But TikTok added that it would still store its own backups of that information, potentially complicating those efforts.
The app, which is owned by Chinese company Baitdance, said in a blog post that it expects American users to eventually “delete private data from our own data centers and pivot completely on Oracle cloud servers located in the United States.” It did not say when.
Albert Kalamug, who works for Tiktok’s public policy department, said: “For over a year now, we have been working with Oracle on a number of initiatives to improve the security of our apps, systems and US user data as part of our business relationship.” , Said in the post.
The video app was announced by BuzzFeed News before an article was published detailing how TikTok employees felt it was difficult to successfully block its data from China. Tiktok employees said that according to recordings obtained by the news outlet, Chinese engineers used American data only recently this year.
“As we have said publicly, we have brought in world-class internal and external security experts to help strengthen our data security efforts,” TikTok said in a statement. The company added that it created a unit in May, led by the United States, to “provide a greater level of focus and governance” on Americans’ data security.
In 2020, President Donald J. Trump ordered ByteDance to sell TikTok so that it could disclose American personal information to Beijing. While the White House is said to have struck a deal to sell part of the app to Oracle and others, it never materialized. The Biden administration continues to explore TikTok and other opportunities for Chinese companies to control American data.
A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. A section of the Treasury Department, which is a member of the committee investigating foreign investment in the United States, declined to comment. Oracle also declined to comment.