Roland Cloutier, the chief security officer of TikTok stated in a new court document that the U.S. Department of Commerce is wrong about how the app stores and protects user data. Cloutier said this before the upcoming hearing in the U.S. District of Columbia court, claiming that the U.S. Department of Commerce has made some incorrect assertions about the company’s data security policies and practices.
Cloutier said that a memo issued by the Ministry of Commerce in September outlines specific concerns about the app. It pointed out that TikTok is not separate from the parent company’s Bytedance system. They share “functionality including storage, internal management, and algorithms (partially)”.
However, on the software end, TikTok is “entirely separate” from the Douyin. This means that they both have a separate maintenance schedule of their source codes.
Cloutier stated that the government also incorrectly described how TikTok stores American user data. The business memorandum claims that TikTok lease servers from Alibaba Cloud in Singapore and China Unicom Americas (CUA) in the United States, which constituted a “significant risk.”