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TikTok: US data misuse scandal makes security chief resign

At the end of June this year, the United States government called for a ban on TikTok for collecting private data from users in the country by employees in other locations. Now, the app’s director of security, Roland Cloutier, will step down from his post.

The executive’s decision was motivated by American claims against the service. From then on, he will take on the role of strategic consultant, working on the impact of security programs for the company’s business.

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The company’s CEO, Shou Zi Chew, has committed to creating a separate entity to manage the data of American users. In addition, Kim Albarella will take over the post left by Cloutier on an interim basis.

Regarding the US allegations, ByteDance had already taken some privacy protection measures in the country, such as transferring the US segment of the app to the on-premises Oracle cloud infrastructure – with third-party verification.

The company that owns TikTok also stressed that employees must pass several security checks to access Americans’ data. Furthermore, personal information cannot be passed on to third parties – the list even includes the Chinese government.

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