Recently, it has been discovered that when an applicant applies for a job on TikTok through its online portal, their data is transferred to a Chinese site, portal-tiktok.kundou.cn. Now, this site is indirectly run by ByteDance and provides support for the backend servers that help in the recruitment of employees at ByteDance. There is some solid evidence that through this portal, the applicants’ sensitive data including their contact information, gender, marital status, even their geolocation goes and gets stored in some servers in China.
When Business Insider made this revelation, it was noted that TikTok very quietly removed the URL that redirected the applicants towards portal-tiktok.kundou.cn.
The worrying aspect of this whole issue is that China is an authoritarian country, and its Intelligence Act laws are very different and strict than other countries. The applicants from the EU whose data is getting stored in China must be cautious because no one knows how China uses this data eventually. It is not something very appealing that China is controlling someone’s personal data anyway.
TikTok has not denied all of this and has not provided any logical explanation for the error in the UK’s policy document. However, they just said that they are aware of various inaccuracies in those documents and they are trying to correct them now. Also, they have explained that there is no headquarter of TikTok in China, and all the users’ data is stored in servers in the US and Singapore. By 2022, for European users’ data, they are opening a new data center in Ireland too.
This post was written by Arooj Ahmed and was first posted to Digital Information World
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