ByteDance said it is establishing a data centre in India to store Indian user data locally after several lawmakers alleged that the owner of popular short video sensation TikTok was illegally sharing user data with the Chinese government.
Shashi Tharoor of Congress, BJD's Pinaki Misra and TDP’s Jayadev Galla have accused TikTok of illegally collecting and sharing data with China, violating user privacy, spreading misinformation and anti-national messages.
The Chinese firm said: "From the very beginning, we have stored the data of our Indian users at industry-leading third-party data centres in the U.S. and Singapore. This is in line with our constant endeavour to ensure that we have the best interests of our local users at heart," it said. "We are now in the process of examining options for safe, secure and reliable services for our Indian users within India's borders."