Elaine Fox, Head of Privacy, Europe
Where We Store User Data and Who Can Access It
Building on our ongoing work to advance our data security around the world, we are continuing to make progress in our approach to Data Governance in Europe. Our efforts are centred on limiting the number of employees with access to European user data, minimising data flows outside of the region, and storing European user data locally.
While our work on data governance in Europe continues, TikTok remains a connected community of over one billion people around the world. In order to operate a global platform designed for sharing joyful content, we rely on a global workforce to ensure that our community's TikTok experience is consistent, enjoyable and safe.
We currently store European user data in the U.S. and Singapore. Based on a demonstrated need to do their job, subject to a series of robust security controls and approval protocols, and by way of methods that are recognised under the GDPR, we allow certain employees within our corporate group located in Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States remote access to TikTok European user data. Our security controls include system access controls, encryption and network security.
How We Collect Location Information
TikTok strives to be open and transparent about how we collect and process our users' information. We'll continue to work to earn and build trust with our community with updates centred on transparency into our data practices and the investments we're making in the people, processes, and technology to keep our community safe.