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The Wall Street Journal: TikTok CEO offers reassurances over data privacy

TikTok Chief Executive Shou Chew said the video-sharing platform is taking greater steps to keep user data secure and that it needs to invest more in protecting young people from getting exposed to harmful content.

“We have very rigorous data-access protocols,” he said at the New York Times’s Dealbook Summit in New York on Wednesday, adding that TikTok, a unit of Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., chose Oracle Corp.
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 as its cloud-infrastructure provider because the company has strong security controls. 

“In the future, we’re going to organize by moving the data to the Oracle data cloud infrastructure and only U.S. residents can access it,” he said. “This is a solution that no other company is trying to pursue.” 

Chew also said no foreign government has ever asked TikTok for U.S. customer data. “If they did, we would say no,” he said, noting that all of TikTok’s user data is stored on servers in Virginia and Singapore.   

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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