US Users Data Gets Moved To Oracle Servers By TikTok Amid Safety Concerns
TikTok announced on Friday that it has moved the data of US users to Oracle’s cloud platform.
This decision was taken after US officials showed concern that the Chinese influence over the company posed a national security risk.
The company revealed in a blog post that they have “changed the default storage location of US user data” to the Oracle cloud server, which will, henceforth, process all the data traffic. The deal between the two companies had been in the pipeline for almost a year.
However, the backup of US user’s data is still held on proprietary servers owned by TikTok in Singapore and Virginia. The deletion and transfer date for this data has not been revealed yet. This step is going to improve employee protection and enforce more safeguards, which will reduce data transfer outside the US.
TikTok came under heat during the Trump administration when US officials showed their concern about ByteDance, a Chinese company, owning TikTok. Although the Trump administration’s attempt to bar the app from US app stores was blocked by courts, similar concerns raised by the Biden administration last year provided the push necessary for TikTok to make the required changes.