Tik Tok stored In­dian user data in Sin­ga­pore server

The Asian Age - - Financial - SANGEETHA G

Con­firm­ing In­dian gov­ern­ment's stance that banned Chi­nese apps were trans­mit­ting user data out­side the coun­try, short for­mat video plat­form Tik Tok has con­firmed that it has been stor­ing the data in Sin­ga­pore servers. How­ever, ByteDance, which owns Tik Tok, ab­solved Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties, say­ing that they have never asked for In­dian user data.

ByteDance said that In­dian users' data is lo­cated in servers in Sin­ga­pore, as per a re­port by Dow Jones. The com­pany plans to build a data cen­tre in In­dia as well, its chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Mayer said in a let­ter sent to In­dian of­fi­cials.

How­ever, Mayer also said that Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties never re­quested data of their In­dian users, and that the com­pany wouldn't com­ply re­quest.

The gov­ern­ment had banned 59 Chi­nese apps a few days back af­ter the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy has re­ceived many com­plaints from var­i­ous sources, in­clud­ing sev­eral re­ports, about mis­use of some mo­bile apps avail­able on An­droid and iOS plat­forms for steal­ing and sur­rep­ti­tiously trans­mit­ting with such a users' data in an unau­tho­rised man­ner to servers which have lo­ca­tions out­side In­dia.

"The com­pi­la­tion of these data, its min­ing and pro­fil­ing by el­e­ments hos­tile to na­tional se­cu­rity and de­fence of In­dia, which ul­ti­mately im­pinges upon the sovereignt­y and in­tegrity of In­dia, is a mat­ter of very deep and im­me­di­ate con­cern which re­quires emer­gency mea­sures," the gov­ern­ment had said.

An in­dus­try ex­pert said, "Al­most all of these apps have lo­cated their servers out­side the coun­try. In­dia has cer­tain guide­lines re­gard­ing stor­age of data, its min­ing and anal­y­sis. In­dia's data pro­tec­tion laws re­stricts tak­ing out them out of the coun­try."

As per re­ports, TikTok had ear­lier con­firmed that it has no plans to pur­sue le­gal ac­tion against the In­dian gov­ern­ment. Mayer, in a let­ter to its In­dian staff, had said the com­pany was work­ing with stake­hold­ers to ad­dress their con­cerns. "We have also as­sured more than 2,000 strong work­force that we will do every­thing in our power to re­store the pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences and op­por­tu­ni­ties that they can be proud of."

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