Banning TikTok in Europe

European institutions advise against using TikTok due to data privacy and cybersecurity issues. TikTok is working to show its commitment to data protection by building data centres and appointing third-party oversight.

European institutions request employees not to use the TikTok app on their phones, citing data privacy and cybersecurity concerns.

It is a major shift from the EU’s position on TikTok. EU is likely to follow the US’s approach to Chines platform.

ByteDance-owned TikTok wants to prove to European governments that it is a leader in data protection. The company plans to build three European data centres and appoint a third-party agency to oversee access control, with yearly costs of €1.2 billion (US$1.3 billion).

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