TikTok plans to build two additional data centers in Europe amid privacy concerns.
TikTok is a popular social media platform known for its incredible short videos that keep users entertained. The BNN breaking news has recently appeared on this platform, stating that it will soon acquire additional data centers, if not more, in Europe, as there are growing concerns about data privacy for users in the West. This popular Chinese-owned video-sharing app has taken this step after careful consideration of privacy issues.
After the 2020 pandemic crisis, many countries decided to ban Tiktok. However, Tiktok has sensed the heat from authorities in the United States and Europe in recent months. They fear the scope of mass data being used and sent to China. In one of the blogs, the general manager of the company in charge of online social media tasks expressed his thoughts. He hinted that Tiktok is at the final stage of strategizing the whole plan with a third-party provider. The second data center is expected to be in Ireland, while the first was announced last year. TikTok also intends to open a third European data center, but will not reveal the location just yet.
Waterworth further added that the company is keen to expand the data storage capacity in Europe for community growth. At the beginning of this year, new centers will get TikTok users’ data throughout Europe.
What’s all the commotion?
TikTok is trending a lot among the young, but people fear that this app, being under Chinese ownership, has a high chance of Beijing exploiting the data to spread false information or support pro-China agendas. ByteDance, a Chinese company, owns TikTok. It recently moved its headquarters to Singapore in 2020. CEO Shou Zi Chew also warned European Union officials that the company should comply with the 27-nation bloc’s new digital regulations.
The Digital Services Act requires tech companies and online platforms with 45 million users to take better steps to clean up illegal content or face billions of dollars in fines.
The number of active users shows TikTok’s popularity, but where is the security?
TikTok turned out to be one of the most popular entertainment apps, with nearly 125 million monthly active users in Europe. This puts us over the threshold for additional security under the new act that was set last year. Other non-EU countries like Switzerland and Britain have more than 150 million users.
Apple, Google, Twitter, and Instagram are other social media apps that may undergo some stringent EU scrutiny. Facebook has nearly 255 million monthly active users. Instagram has 250 million users, while Ticker has 100.9 million, which includes registered and non-registered users. The data acquired from Apple shows nearly 45 million active users, while Google has 332 million signed-in users and 401.7 million signed-in YouTube users.
The BNN breaking news seems to be alert for the millions of Tiktok users with regards to the privacy and security of the data shared on the app. However, you must take every step wisely while signing up for any such app.