TikTok owner ByteDance plans to open data center in India

ByteDance, the promoter of popular video app TikTok, said it plans to open a data center in India to reduce concerns about consumer privacy.
TikTok videoTikTok, which allows users to create and share short videos, has nearly 300 million users in India, out of more than 1 billion downloads globally, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower.

India’s Ministry Of Information and Technology has asked the Chinese company to explain how it collects user data and creates awareness for safe use of its platform, while several Indian lawmakers have raised concerns about content on TikTok.

ByteDance said in a blog posted on its website on Sunday that it was taking “a significant step towards establishing a data center in India,” as the country frames a data protection law.

ByteDance’s TikTok and Helo apps have so far stored Indian users’ data in the United States and Singapore.

ByteDance did not reveal additional details on the timing of the opening of the data center in India.

India banned TikTok briefly last April after a court directive said the video app encouraged pornography and could expose children to sexual predators. The ban was revoked after an appeal by TikTok.

ByteDance has previously said India is one of its strongest markets in which the company plans to invest $1 billion over the next three years.