Republic of Ireland: Operations commence at TikTok's Irish data center

Sep 07, 2023 | Posted by MadalineDunn

Operations have begun at TikTok's long-planned data center in Ireland, it has announced. This is its first in Ireland. It is also working on opening two more data centers in Europe, a second in Ireland and another in Norway. This move is a bid to please regulators, and ease spying fears, as part of “Project Clover” initiative aimed at localizing the storage of European data. It has now begun to transfer European user information to the data center in Dublin.

The company has a similar project running in the US, 'Project Texas,' in partnership with Oracle. 

NCC group, a British cybersecurity firm, is overseeing the project, and will reportedly independently audit TikTok’s data controls and protections, monitor data flows, provide verification and report any incidents.

In a statement, the company said: “As an independent security provider, NCC Group will monitor data coming in and out of the secure environment to independently validate that only approved employees can access limited data types.”

Adding: “NCC Group will perform ongoing security assessments of the new security gateways we are building around European user data, the TikTok app our datacentres and other TikTok infrastructure.”

Stephen Bailey, global director of privacy at NCC group, said: “We will be conducting security assessments of the TikTok platform, validating the type of data being transferred or accessed in the European datacentres and we will also be conducting security assessments of the TikTok platform from mobile iOS devices and android to look for security vulnerabilities or misconfigurations.”