The platform, owned by ByteDance, said the adjustment is a part of its ongoing data governance efforts to restrict employee access to users in the region, reduce data transfers outside of it, and keep the information locally. The platform currently maintains European user data in the U.S. and Singapore.
“Based on a demonstrated need to do their job, subject to a series of robust security controls and approval protocols, and by way of methods that are recognised under the GDPR, we allow certain employees within our corporate group located in Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and the U.S. remote access to TikTok European user data,” the company said.
TikTok further said its security controls consist of system access restrictions, encryption, and network security, adding it doesn’t collect precise location information from its users in Europe.
The development also occurs as regulatory scrutiny of the network, which has over a billion monthly active users, is intensifying on both sides of the Atlantic. ByteDance has consistently denied that the Chinese government has any control over company.
It has also faced rough weather in the U.S., what with Brendan Carr, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), calling for a ban of the application over national security concerns that user data could be accessed by Chinese authorities.
Last month, the company contested a report from Forbes that a China-based team at ByteDance planned to use the platform to track the locations of select U.S. citizens without their knowledge or permission.
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