TikTok parent ByteDance plans to open data centre in India

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TikTok parent ByteDance plans to open data centre in India

So far, ByteDance has been storing the data of its Indian users in third-party data centres located in the US and in Singapore.

ByteDance, which is the parent company for popular video-sharing app, TikTok, has said that it has plans of setting up a data centre in India. The move by the company comes at a time when it is facing intense scrutiny by the government of India over its data storage practices.

"As a testimony to ByteDance's recognition of India's efforts to frame a new data protection legislation, we taking a significant step towards establishing a data centre in India," China-based social media company, which also owns the social media platform Helo, said in a statement to IANS.

"We are now in the process of examining options for safe, secure and reliable services for our Indian users within Indian borders,"the company added.

Early reports indicate that it would take the company a time span of 6 to 8 months and an investement of up to $100 million, which will be a part of the company's plans of investing $1 billion over a span of three years in the country.

So far, ByteDance has been storing the data of its Indian users in third-party data centres located in the US and in Singapore. And now, the company is in the process of setting up data centres within the bounds of the country, which would also comply with the demands of the Indian government to store the data of Indian citizens locally.

"Since the launch of our platforms in India, we have stored our Indian users' data at industry-leading third-party data centres in the US and Singapore. We believe the time has come to take the next big leap," TikTok parent ByteDance said in a statement. The company is now exploring options for setting up its data centre in the country.

Notably, last week the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, following a complaint by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) to the Prime Minister, issued notices to TikTok and its sister app, Helo, asking the two social media apps to answer a set of questionnaire. The ministry asked the company for clarification on the data that was being collected from the company's Indian users. It also asked the app to explain the rationale behind having 13 as the minimum age for using the app in India.

TikTok, in response to the notice by MeitY, said that it welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with the government, the news agency reported.