TikTok States It’s Placing New Restrictions on Chinese Employees’ Access to US User Data

Social media platform TikTok is conducting an agreement with the Biden administration that would “fully safeguard” the app in the US and alleviate concerns about the Chinese government’s obtaining Americans’ data, as per a letter TikTok dispatched to nine Republican senators released on Friday. 

Chief Executive of TikTok, Shou Zi Chew, wrote that the firm is almost on its final deal with the US government to guarantee its data-sharing exercises do not leaven national security fears. 

According to TikTok, all US user traffic is currently being conveyed to servers managed by California-based Oracle, instead of TikTok’s infrastructure, as part of the deal. 

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Later, he stated, TikTok looks forward to erasing all US data from the firm’s servers and depending entirely on Oracle’s storage “with access limited only to authorized personnel, under protocols being developed with the US Government,” Chew said. 

Workers at Beijing’s ByteDance, which owns TikTok, can obtain data on the app, Chew said in the letter. The firm has recognized before that a few workers can access US user data; however, the letter further mentioned extra detail. 

For example, the foreign data workers can view a “narrow set of non-sensitive TikTok user data,” such as public videos and comments on videos, Chew further wrote. 

He added that none of the data is shared with Chinese government officials, and ByteDance workers can only view Americans’ TikTok data following an approval process controlled by US’s security team.

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