Chinese language social media firm TikTok plans to open two extra knowledge facilities in Europe, a senior government stated Friday, in a transfer that would mitigate considerations over the safety of customers’ knowledge and ease regulatory stress on the corporate.
TikTok has been looking for to guarantee governments and regulators that customers’ private knowledge can’t be accessed and its content material can’t be manipulated by China’s Communist Social gathering or anybody else underneath Beijing’s affect.
The brief video sharing app, owned by China’s ByteDance, goals to increase its European knowledge storage, TikTok’s normal supervisor for operations in Europe Wealthy Waterworth stated in a weblog submit.
“We’re at a sophisticated stage of finalizing a plan for a second knowledge heart in Eire with a third-party service supplier, along with the location introduced final yr,” he stated.
“We’re additionally in talks to ascertain a 3rd knowledge heart in Europe to additional complement our deliberate operations in Eire. European TikTok consumer knowledge will start migrating this yr, persevering with into 2024,” Waterworth stated.
On Friday, the corporate additionally reported on common 125 million month-to-month lively customers within the European Union between August 2022 and January 2023, subjecting it to stricter EU on-line content material guidelines referred to as the Digital Companies Act (DSA).
The DSA labels firms with greater than 45 million customers as very massive on-line platforms and requires them to do threat administration, exterior and unbiased auditing, share knowledge with authorities and researchers, and undertake a code of conduct.
The European Fee had given on-line platforms and engines like google till February 17 to publish the variety of their month-to-month lively customers. Very massive on-line platforms have 4 months to adjust to the principles, or threat fines.
Twitter stated Thursday that it has 100.9 million common month-to-month customers within the European Union, primarily based on an estimation of the final 45 days.
Alphabet supplied one set of numbers primarily based on customers’ accounts and one other set primarily based on signed-out recipients, saying that customers can entry its companies once they signal into an account or when they’re signed out.
It stated the typical month-to-month variety of signed-in customers totaled 278.6 million at Google Maps, 274.6 million at Google Play, 332 million at Google Search, 74.9 million at Buying and 401.7 million at YouTube.
Earlier this week, Meta Platforms stated it had 255 million common month-to-month lively customers on Fb within the European Union and about 250 million common month-to-month lively customers on Instagram within the final six months of 2022.