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TikTok to route US user data to servers owned by Oracle

TikTok to route US user data to servers owned by Oracle

TikTok has faced criticism for potentially exposing the data of US users’ to China

TikTok announced that it has started routing American users’ data to US-based servers owned by Oracle. A report from BuzzFeed News confirms that TikTok employees in China had access to US users’ data over the course of several months. TikTok employees mentioned having to ask their colleagues in China to access US users’ data, as they weren’t able to access this data themselves. One member of TikTok’s trust and safety department team allegedly stated that “everything is seen in China,” while another employee said a China-based engineer “had access to everything.”TikTok has faced criticism for years for potentially exposing the data of US users’ to China, where TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is based.

While TikTok never really did sell its US-based assets, it discussed making American software company Oracle its “trusted technology partner.” The deal seemed like it was on its last leg after President Joe Biden took office but ended up reemerging in March with reports of something called Project Texas. This initiative, which refers to the Texas-based headquarters of Oracle, is supposed to guard US users’ data in Oracles servers, barring access from the China-based ByteDance. Albert Calamug, the head of TikTok’s US security and public policy, writes. “Today, 100% of US users’ traffic is being routed to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.”


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