TikTok announced a new data security regime called “Project Clover” in response to pressure from lawmakers on the Atlantic.
The European Parliament, European Commission, and EU Council banned TikTok from their staff phones, citing concerns about the company, owned by Chinese firm Byte Dance, and whether China’s government could harvest users’ data or advance its interests.
Meanwhile, the White House has backed legislation that would give the administration new authority to prohibit Chinese-owned video app TikTok and other foreign-based technologies if they threaten national security.
On Wednesday, They announced the news conference it would begin storing European user data with migration continuing into 2024. As part of this transition, the company announced plans to open a second data center in Ireland and another in Norway’s Hamar region. An unnamed third party will manage the data centers.
The company confirmed that it would limit data transfers outside of the region and internally restrict worker usage of user information. TikTok has used a similar strategy in the United States, dubbed “Project Texas,” to calm down hostile lawmakers.