ByteDance, the parent company of social media platforms TikTok and Helo, Sunday said it is examining options to set up a data centre in India to store information of its Indian users.
The development assumes significance given that the Indian government recently issued notices to Tiktok and Helo along with a set of 24 questions regarding the alleged misuse of their platforms for “anti-national activities” in India.
The Centre has warned these apps that they might face a ban if they do not submit appropriate responses by July 22, according to sources.
“As a testimony to ByteDance’s recognition of India’s efforts to frame a new data protection legislation, we are pleased to announce that we are taking a significant step towards establishing a data centre in India. We are now in the process of examining options for safe, secure and reliable services for our Indian users within India’s borders,” ByteDance said in an emailed statement.
It added that since the launch of its platforms in India, the company has stored the data of its Indian users at third-party data centres in the US and Singapore.
“India is one of our strongest markets and we are happy to be part of the mainframe of Digital India in 15 Indian languages… We now believe that the time has come to take the next big leap…In line with this effort, we are looking forward to having a more active dialogue with relevant stakeholders and setting new benchmarks along the way,” it said.
While the company did not provide more details, sources privy to the development said ByteDance has started discussions with local players and it could take between 6-18 months to start the process of local storage of data.