Last updated: Mar 09, 2023, 09:00 IST
LONDON: TikTok has announced a new data security regime, nicknamed “Project Clover”, amid growing pressure from lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic.
The European Parliament, European Commission and EU Council recently banned TikTok from staff phones over growing concerns about the company, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, and whether the Chinese government could collect user data or protect its interests. could represent.
Meanwhile, the White House has backed legislation granting the government new powers to ban the China-owned video app TikTok and other foreign-based technologies if they pose a threat to national security.
At a press conference on Wednesday, TikTok said it would begin storing European user data locally this year, with a migration through 2024.
As part of this move, the company confirmed it would soon open a second data center in Ireland and another in the Hamar region of Norway. These data centers will be managed by a secret third party.
“We are a pro-compliance company. Tell us what the problems are, and then let’s work on the solutions together. That’s been our approach in the US, and that’s been our approach everywhere,” said Theo Bertram, VP of Government Relations and Public Policy.
“Our approach is very open to governments, regulators and experts to give us their counsel and advice on how we can do this even more effectively.”
The company said it would reduce data transfers outside the region and reduce internal employee access to user data.
TikTok has followed a similar strategy in the US, nicknamed “Project Texas”, in an attempt to placate hostile lawmakers.
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