TikTok parent to open India data centre | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, July 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, July 23, 2019

TikTok parent to open India data centre

The Chinese parent company of popular video app TikTok will set up a data centre in India, as privacy concerns prompt Indian regulators to push for greater domestic storage of information.

The app has more than 120 million users in India, a majority of them teenagers who use it to post 15-second quirky videos, but has drawn criticism for storing data in Singapore and the United States.

Parent firm ByteDance, which also owns social media platform Helo, said in a statement emailed to AFP on Monday it was  “in the process of examining options for safe, secure and reliable services for our Indian users within Indian borders”.

The statement comes as New Delhi -- capital of the world’s fastest-growing internet market -- accuses foreign firms of data  “colonisation” and urges them to store their data in India rather than at offshore sites.

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