FILE PHOTO: People have to look at the Bytedance Technology, state of Digital China, exhibition in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China, May 5, 2019. The photo was taken on May 5, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
MUMBAI (Reuters) – China’s ByteDance said that it plans to open a data center in India, where it is going to be faced with concerns about the privacy of its customers and the demand for a ban on the hugely popular video app, TikTok.
TikTok, which allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, has been downloaded almost 300 million active users in India, where more than 1 billion downloads globally, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower.
The indian Ministry Of Information Technology has invited the Chinese company to explain how it collects the data from the user, and to create awareness on the safe use of its technology, while a number of Indian governments have raised concerns about the contents of TikTok.
ByteDance, said in a blog post published on its website on Sunday that it was taking “an important step towards the establishment of a data center in India,” as the country, the images of the data protection act.
“This is in line with our ongoing efforts to ensure that the best interests of the local users of the beach. It gave no further details.
ByteDance the TikTok and the He apps so far saved the Indian users ‘ data to the United States of america and Singapore.
TikTok, it was recently banned in India, last April, following a court directive, he said the app will be encouraged to pornography, and exposing children to sexual predators. The ban was revoked after an appeal from the TikTok.
Separately, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, a Hindu nationalist group, is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata y, has called for a ban on the TikTok, which means that ByteDance has a poor track record in the field of the protection of privacy.
ByteDance is said to be India’s one of the strongest of the markets in which the company is planning to invest $1 billion over the next three years.
Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Euan Rocha and Susan Fenton