Berlin (dpa) - The video app Tiktok has announced the construction of a data center in Europe amid a data protection debate.

The data for European users are to be stored in the plant in Ireland at the start of operations scheduled for early 2022. Tiktok expects investments of 420 million euros, as the company belonging to the Chinese group Bytedance announced on Thursday. Tiktok currently stores and processes the data of its users in the USA and Singapore, while the Irish subsidiary is responsible for them.

US President Donald Trump recently brought up a ban on Tiktok in the US, pointing to a risk to user data. Microsoft is currently negotiating with Bytedance to buy the US business of the video app, which is also popular in Germany. Tiktok emphasizes that the Chinese government has no access to the service's user data, has never asked for it and would not receive it.

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