TikTok shores up Europe operations as it faces getting booted out of the US - Business Insider

TikTok doubles down in Europe with new $500 million Irish data center as it faces being hounded out of the US

8/6/2020 12:29:00 PM

TikTok doubles down in Europe with new $500 million Irish data center as it faces being hounded out of the US

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NOAH SEELAM/AFP via Getty ImagesTikTok announced Thursday it's setting up a new €420 million ($498 million) data center in Ireland.The data center is slated to open in early 2022, and will house user data from TikTok's European users.This comes just as TikTok is having to brace itself against hiving off its US business.

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Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.As TikTok faces getting squeezed out of the US, the company appears to be shoring up its European operations.In ablog poston Thursday, TikTok's global chief security officer Roland Cloutier announced plans to build a new data center in Ireland costing €420 million ($498 million), which will play a "key role in further strengthening the safeguarding and protection of TikTok user data."

The plan is to get the data center up and running by early 2022, and once operational it will house European user data.At the moment TikTok stores all its user data on servers in the US with backups in Singapore, the company has repeatedly said.The announcement comes in the wake of an extraordinary order from the Trump administration this week that TikTok must either sell off its US business by September 15

or face getting banned in the US. Microsoft is currently in talks to acquire TikTok's US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand operations, but not its European business.The Trump administration has gone on the offensive, claiming because TikTok is owned by a Chinese company, ByteDance, it poses a national security threat.

TikTok hit 2 billion downloads in April. President Donald Trump.Andrew Harnik/ReutersCloutier said in his blog post that TikTok's plans for its Irish data center have been in the works for a year.TikTok's getting ready to have its business split

This isn't the first signal TikTok has given that it's restructuring its European business.In late June TikTokfor users in the EEA, Switzerland, and the UK.Under Europe'sa data controller: "determines the purposes for which and the means by which personal data is processed." 

Reports have also surfaced that the company is eyeing a new European HQ. Read more: Business Insider »

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