China’s ByteDance to store Indian data locally after MPs raise concerns on privacy, national security – Economic Times

BENGALURU: Chinese technology firm ByteDance said it is establishing a data centre in India to store Indian user data locally after several lawmakers alleged that the owner of popular short video sensation TikTok was illegally sharing user data with the Chinese government.

Several Parliamentarians, including Congress’ Shashi Tharoor, BJD’s Pinaki Misra and TDP’s Jayadev Galla, have accused short-video app TikTok of illegally collecting and sharing data with China, violating user privacy, spreading misinformation and anti-national messages. Last week, the economic wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh called for banning TikTok until India finalises data protection laws.

“Since the launch of our platforms in India, we have stored the data of our Indian users at industry-leading third-party data centres in the U.S. and Singapore. This is in line with our constant endeavour to ensure that we have the best interests of our local users at heart,” it said. “We are now in the process of examining options for safe, secure and reliable services for our Indian users within India’s borders.”

ByteDance claims that TikTok has 120 million monthly active users and Helo has about 50 million in India.

“As a testimony to ByteDance’s recognition of India’s efforts to frame a new data protection legislation, we are pleased to announce that we are taking a significant step towards establishing a data centre in India,” it said.

Most foreign technology companies including Facebook and Google are resisting demand by the Indian government to store critical sensitive data of Indians within the country, citing privacy concerns and higher storage costs.


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