TikTok also wants to store data in Europe. The Chinese company said a data center in Ireland is scheduled to go into operation by 2022 and will store the data of European users of the short video platform. It will play a "key role in further strengthening the security and protection of TikTok user data". The uniform European data protection standards apply in Ireland. In addition to the countries of the European economic area, the new center should also be responsible for Switzerland.
The company plans to spend 420 million euros on the new center. Hundreds of jobs are to be created. Technically, the new center should also shorten loading times for users of the video app.
TikTok announced the establishment of a data protection center in Dublin in January. Its role should be security and data protection for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Using the app, videos can be recorded and underlaid with effects, or sound and images can be superimposed on one another. The finished product can then be presented to the public or sent to friends. This is a popular pastime, especially among teenagers, who, like Instagram, also share their work results via chat.
The subsidiary of the Chinese group Bytedance is currently under pressure in the United States due to data protection concerns. TikTok recently announced that it would use stricter rules to combat the spread of misinformation in its own network. President Donald Trump had announced that TokTok would be banned if the company is not taken over by an owner who guarantees data security in accordance with US standards. The background to Trump's threat is his accusation that TikTok forwards user data to China. US politicians see the app, which is particularly popular among American young people, as a threat to national security and suspect that it is a Chinese spy tool. There is currently a deadline of September 15th to sell TikTok's US operations to software company Microsoft. If the sale is unsuccessful, the ban looms. The Chinese government's WeChat app also sees the US government as a threat, as will all services from Chinese technology companies such as Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu.