Video sharing platform, TikTok, has reportedly told the government it’s ready to store data in India while denying any previous breach of user privacy and integrity. The Chinese app, owned by ByteDance, was one of the 59 apps banned by the Indian governement claiming these apps yse data illagealy, and secretly collect information from people’s phone when they download the apps.
According to a report by Times of India, TikTok’s move come after a detailed questionnaire of over 70 questions from the information technology ministry sought details from the company on issues including data management, unauthorized data access and data proeccing, and collection.
“We have submitted out response to the government and are working with them to provide clarifications to allay the concerns they have. Throughout the duration of our operations, we demonstrated unequivocal commitment to complying with local laws, including data privacy and security requirements,” TOI quoted a TikTok spokesperson as saying.
TikTok has also asked government to consider its plan to set up data centres in India following the breach allegations. Previously, Indian TikToker users’ data is mainly stored in third-party servers in the US and Singapore. The company has reportedly shown interest in building a global engineering centre in India.
RMeanwhile, the government of India has set up a high-level committe to look into the response by the Chinese company.
TikTok has been facing flak in several countries for quite some time now. Countries like Japan and the U.S. are also mulling the ban on the wildly popular app.