TikTok Moves US User Data to Oracle Servers
As a result of regulatory pressure from the US, TikTok is moving its US user data to Oracle servers. The move will separate US user information from its Chinese parent company. In the past, the Chinese company had stored user data on servers in Singapore and Virginia. With this move, the US data will be stored in the US, where the company has a stronger security culture.
As a result, it is unclear whether or not the US user data will be stored on the new Oracle servers. The company has shared an internal memo that details the shift. According to the memo, Roland Cloutier will assume an advisory role while a new head of security risk will temporarily replace him. The company will continue to protect user information. In the meantime, it is unclear whether the move to US servers will affect privacy or not.
The move comes after the TikTok unit was sold to ByteDance, a Chinese technology and internet company. According to U.S. law, the Chinese company must sell its U.S. unit within 90 days. This is based on credible evidence that the company is a threat to national security. Any sale of TikTok would need approval from CFIUS.
Although the company will continue to use US data centers as backup, the move to Oracle cloud servers comes at a crucial time for the US-based company. As reported by BuzzFeed News, the move by ByteDance could cause more political pressure against TikTok. The company is also looking for ways to stop leaking user data through its own data centres.
While it is not clear how TikTok will respond to the criticism, it has been proactive in addressing data privacy concerns in the United States. While the company promises that data will remain in the US, the fact that the company is owned by a Chinese company raises serious questions. ByteDance has already blocked TikTok in India for violating the CCP’s cybersecurity laws. It is also a concern that this will happen in other regions.
While the United States data center remains in operation, the company will be moving US user data to the Oracle servers. The company will also maintain backups in Singapore and Virginia. The US user data will eventually be deleted, although it did not disclose when the data will be deleted. According to a company statement on May 23, TikTok and Oracle have worked together for months on a data security plan for its US users. They are also working on procedures for auditing the company’s handling of data.
While the company is still using the Singapore and Virginia data centers, it has also created a team dedicated to data security in the US. Known as the USDS, this team reports to TikTok’s CEO, Shou Zi Chew. The team includes engineers and content moderation personnel. ByteDance is the fastest-growing startup in China, and it also owns Douyin and Jinri Toutiao, the Chinese equivalent of TikTok.