TikTok has hired UK-based cybersecurity company NCC Group to independently audit its data controls and data flows in Europe. The move is intended to reassure regulators and governments about the social media company's links with Chinese authorities. TikTok is developing a second data centre in Ireland as part of its Project Clover plan that divides data regions. Elaine Fox, head of privacy for TikTok in Europe, said that security gateways will restrict access to protected data by employees based in China. This includes all personal data of EU and UK users, including their real names, email addresses, phone numbers, IP addresses, and financial information if it was shared. Exceptions to this protected data include shared public data, aggregated data for statistics assessment, and interoperable data to make IT systems work.
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