Tiktok parental company ByteDance on Sunday said that it was planning to set up a data centre in India. Tiktok has recently been facing pressure from the Indian government to store data within the country borders.
“As a testimony to ByteDance’s recognition of India’s efforts to frame a new data protection legislation, we taking a significant step towards establishing a data centre in India,” said the company.
“We are now in the process of examining options for safe, secure and reliable services for our Indian users within Indian borders,” it said.
It could take 6-18 months for ByteDance to set up the data centre at a cost of $100 million, reported IANS. The investment will be part of the company’s commitment to invest $1 billion in India over three years.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) has sought response from operators of TikTok and Helo on a set of questions, which include if it was considering storing data in India, and the measures they were taking to protect users below 18 years from getting exposed to potentially dangerous content.
The social media platforms must reply by Monday or face a ban.
The Ministry asked what user data in India was being collected by these platforms. It was also asked the rationale behind the minimum age limit (13) to use TikTok in India when “a person below 18 is considered as child in the country”.
In a statement shared with IANS, TikTok said: “it welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with the government to meet and exceed our obligations.”