Reuters reported on March 10 that Oracle Corp is negotiating a deal with TikTok that is set to secure US users’ data from the reach of the Chinese government.
Following the new proposal, US citizens using TikTok can rest assured their information is managed by Oracle, completely isolated from the reach of TikTok’s Beijing-based parent company ByteDance.
The deal would let Oracle form a data management team of hundreds of engineers and cyber security personnel to oversee information of US users, fully insulated from ByteDance’s control.
Reuters reported that the two companies are still working on a framework to function independently of TikTok’s management and supervision.
The deal would be signed after a year and a half since Washington has the Chinese owner of the popular video-sharing app give up on its ownership.
TikTok is also considering other partners for firewalls and cyber protection.
ByteDance was one among other tech companies that suffered from Beijing’s far-reaching tech crackdown last year. Last August, the Chinese government took over a 1 percent stake in and one of three seats on the company’s board. TikTok appeared to be unaffected by the acquisition, but it sparked concerns of user data security nonetheless.