Include US user data on Oracle servers, in the USA. It was a long-standing promise that TikTok made in Trump’s time. The Chinese-owned social network ByteDance announced yesterday, Monday, June 20, 2022. completed data migration.
American data is now on Oracle servers
The goal of this migration is clear: to guarantee the separation of American information from the information of the Chinese parent company. After numerous accusations about the possibility of TikTok used by the Chinese government as a means of oversight, the company has made every effort to erase these doubts. According to the social network, the data of its American users have so far been stored in data centers located in the United States and Singapore.
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A TikTok spokesman said that a few weeks ago “Our data center in Virginia includes physical security controls, such as barrier-protected entry points and intrusion detection technologies. We also believe that it is important to maintain storage backups to protect against catastrophic scenarios in which user data could be lost. ”. This is justified the existence of a data center in Singapore.
Starting today, under a contract with Oracle, U.S. customer data will remain only in the United States. The social network explains that “We have been working with Oracle for more than a year to better protect our systems and secure user data in the United States. We have now reached an important milestone in this business: 100% of US user traffic is directed to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. ”.
Doubts about the integrity of TikTok remain
The update was announced while BuzzFeed News has just published a report suggesting that TikTok potentially still sharing user data in the U.S. with the Chinese authorities. According to BuzzFeed : “Audio leaks from more than 80 internal TikTok meetings show that ByteDance employees in China have repeatedly managed to access non-public data on US TikTok users.” This is exactly the type of behavior it prompted former President Donald Trump to threaten to ban the app in the United States.
According to the report, Chinese ByteDance engineers repeatedly accessed U.S. user data between September 2021 and January 2022. This is potentially at odds with the testimony of TikTok’s U.S. public policy official Michael Beckerman, who said he appeared before a congressional hearing in October last year. Then he said that TikTok did not share information with the Chinese government.
Maybe not directly with the Chinese government, but always with its Chinese parent company, which itself is bound by Chinese cybersecurity laws, which would require him to share this information with Beijing on request. There is no evidence that this happened, but new findings suggest that the American TikTok team was dishonest. It may be possible to fully merge TikTok’s user data with the US data warehouse to alleviate these concerns.