TikTok says its US traffic runs through Oracle servers, but it keeps backup copies.

TikTok, a Chinese-owned video app, said Friday it was transferring all data generated by its U.S. users through servers controlled by Oracle Silicon Valley to reassure the U.S. government that it would not disclose Americans’ personal information to China. For the government.

But TikTok added that it will still keep its own backup copies of this information, potentially complicating this effort.

The app, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, said in a blog post that it would eventually delete American users’ “personal data from our own data centers and move it entirely to Oracle cloud servers located” in the United States. He did not say when this would happen.

“For more than a year, we have been working with Oracle on several events as part of our business relationship to better protect our application, systems, and U.S. customer data security,” said Albert Kalamug, Public Policy Officer at TikTok. – It is said in the post.

The video app made the announcement before BuzzFeed News published an article detailing how TikTok employees thought it was difficult to successfully disconnect its data from China. According to records in which the news release said it had received, TikTok staff said Chinese engineers still had access to American data this year.

“As we have publicly stated, we have brought in world-class internal and external security experts to assist us in enhancing our data security efforts,” TikTok said in a statement. The company added that it had set up a US-led division in May to “provide more focus and governance” on American data security.

In 2020, President Donald J. Trump ordered ByteDance to sell TikTok because it might have leaked Beijing personal information to Americans. Although the White House reached an agreement to sell part of the app to Oracle and others, it never materialized. The Biden administration continues to test TikTok and other capabilities for Chinese companies to control American data.

A White House spokesman declined to comment. A spokesman for the Treasury Department, which is a member of the committee that oversees foreign investment in the United States, declined to comment. Oracle also declined to comment.

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