TikTok wants to avoid at all costs the ban threatened by the Trump administration, which accuses ByteDance – that of the social app. is proprietary – to share users' personal data with the Chinese government by undermining their privacy and security. Thus was born the first European data center, which will be built in Ireland for an investment of 240 million euros and destined to "create hundreds of new jobs". The data of all European users will be saved here.
"The data center will play a key role in strengthening the safeguarding and data protection of TikTok users"reads the official note,"through a state-of-the-art physical and network security system designed around this new operation". According to ByteDance, the benefits will not be limited only to a higher level of security: in fact, there will also be positive effects on the speed of data processing, with faster loading times for the app and its faster functions.
At the beginning of the year the EMEA Trust and Safety Hub was inaugurated in Dublin, and at the end of July the Irish division became responsible for the safeguarding and processing of the personal data of European users together with the British counterpart, replacing the US TikTok Inc.
Protecting our community's privacy and data is and will continue to be our priority. Today's announcement is only the last part of our ongoing work to improve our global capabilities and efforts to protect our users and the TikTok community. This data center demonstrates our long-term commitment to Ireland and we plan to open by early 2022.
The history of TikTok is particularly controversial: on the one hand it is the most downloaded non-game app in the world (May data) and is quoted at least 50 billion dollars, on the other hand it is considered by many to be a security threat, accused of share its rich database with the Chinese Communist Party. In India it has been ousted from the market, in the USA it has been boycotted by both Republicans and Democrats, and even Anonymous has recently launched itself on the app calling it a tool for "mass espionage".
Despite attempts at become less and less Chinese – see the substantial hires in the United States and the evaluation of London as a city in which to set up its headquarters, the only real hope to avoid the ban is the acquisition by Microsoft, which will have until September 15 to make ends meet and convince Trump about the goodness of the operation.
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