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Oracle-TikTok Ties Probed
December 19, 2022
Bi-partisan legislation has been proposed to ban the TikTok app from operating in the U.S. The concern is its ties to its China-based parent company ByteDance and the Chinese government’s use of technology for surveillance.
Congressional hearings on TikTok might reveal how much security and compliance data privacy regulations are in place with Oracle, which provides cloud storage services for the domestic operation of TikTok. Platform officials disclosed last summer that its American traffic goes through Oracle’s servers. Oracle did not respond to inquiries about compliance with its data storage practices with TikTok. Congress may probe those practices if congressional hearings pursue clarity on details about handling TikTok’s U.S. data delivery and storage. There will likely be a full audit of Oracle’s data storage to see the exact agreements and policies in place between ByteDance and Oracle, said an e-commerce expert quoted in the above-referenced article.
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