TikTok has successfully migrated the data information of its US users to Oracle Corp. (Oracle) servers, thereby addressing the US regulator’s concerns about the app’s data integrity. The news has been confirmed by the company. There was no immediate comment from the White House and the U.S. Treasury Department.
TikTok is a short video social platform owned by ByteDance. It was launched in May 2017 with the vision of “Inspire Creativity and Bring Joy”. The former U.S. president issued an executive order on August 6, 2020, requiring ByteDance to sell TikTok’s U.S. business to a U.S. company within 45 days, or face a U.S. ban.
Starting September 20, 2020, U.S. companies will be banned from doing business with TikTok, and the statement also prohibits U.S. companies from providing services through WeChat “for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the United States.” TikTok objected and continued to advance its lawsuit against the U.S. executive order.
On September 14, 2020, Oracle confirmed that it had reached an agreement with TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, to become its “trusted technology provider,” but the agreement still required U.S. government approval.
On June 9, 2021, the current president of the United States signed an executive order revoking the former president’s ban on social software TikTok and WeChat during his tenure. Instead, the Commerce Secretary will be directed to investigate apps linked to foreign “adversaries” that the U.S. government believes could pose risks to the country’s data privacy and national security.