TikTok is stepping up its efforts to convince European authorities of the platform’s security. The popular short video app owned by the Chinese company ByteDance has announced a plan in Europe to mitigate risks in its operations. This announcement comes after the European Commission and the European Parliament The use of TikTok is prohibited In the official organs of their officials for security reasons.
TikTok has announced a data governance plan for Europe, called Alfalfa project Which considers storing data generated by its European users in three data centres, two of them in Dublin (Ireland) and the third in Norway. The app, which has 150 million users in Europe, says it will start storing European users’ data locally this year, a migration that will continue through 2024. The total annual investment is up to 1.2 billion euros.
In addition, TitTok announced that it will be hiring a An external European partner for monitoring and auditing Data security in Europe, which will report any possible incident. The company also says it will improve its access controls by introducing security gates that limit employee access to TikTok user data in both the UK and the EU.
Likewise, it states in a statement that its goal is to anonymize and aggregate user data, so that it is not able to attribute personal data to a specific individual.
In the United States, TikTok proposed to the Joe Biden administration a plan to store the country’s user data on Oracle’s servers. The company has committed to investing $1,500 million in what is known as Project Texas.
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