The Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok is reportedly planning to reassure American senators through a final settlement with the Biden Administration that it would effectively preserve user data and U.S. national security concerns. The letter was written in response to concerns made by Republicans Ted Cruz and Marsha Blackburn.
One of the most well-known social media apps in the world, TikTok, is owned by Chinese technology giant ByteDance and has more than one billion active users worldwide with the U.S. being a major market for the platform. In a letter to senators, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew explained that his company was collaborating with Oracle Corp. on newly developed data security safeguards that are likely to finish soon.
TikTok announced last month that it had finished moving user data from American users to Oracle servers, but that backup data was still being stored in American and Singaporean data centers.
Surprisingly, it was recognized that personnel working in China may have access to TikTok U.S. user data according to several stringent cybersecurity controls and authorized approval mechanisms oversaw by a U.S.-based security team.
Additionally, to further decrease the requirement for data access between geographies, TikTok is trying to increase its engineering capacity in the United States with help of Oracle cloud servers located in the U.S. and remove U.S. users’ protected data from their systems.
The short video app maker is also looking forward to speaking with members of Congress about the letter’s main points. The company has highlighted that it is among the few platforms that are most closely examined in terms of security and intends to dispel any concerns regarding the protection of user data from Americans.
Notably, the TikTok letter arrived almost two years after a U.S. national security council ordered ByteDance to sell its TikTok shares because of concerns that U.S. user data would be sent to China’s communist government.