TikTok to government: Ready to store data locally

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TikTok to government: Ready to store data locally


NEW DELHI:

TikTok

, the blocked Chinese app controlled by

internet giant ByteDance

, is understood to have told the government that the company is ready to set up data centres in India to store

user information

locally even as it denied any breach of user privacy and integrity, emphasising that its operations always adhered to local laws and regulations.

TikTok and Helo were among the 59 Chinese apps that were blocked by the government on June 29 over various charges, including for “engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.

The company’s defence comes in response to a detailed questionnaire (over 70 questions) that the IT ministry had dashed off to the blocked Chinese apps, seeking many details on issues such as data management practices, unauthorised data access, security features, data processing and collection.

A spokesperson for TikTok said, “We have submitted our response to the government and are working with them to provide clarifications to allay the concerns they have. Throughout

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