TikTok to Further Limit Number of Employees With Access to User Data

Chief information security officer Roland Cloutier outlined the security focus for the near future

TikTok plans to open a Transparency Center in its Los Angeles office next month TikTok
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TikTok chief information security officer Roland Cloutier outlined the video-creation platform’s security focus for the near future.

Cloutier said in a blog post that TikTok is engaged with leading cyber security firms to accelerate its work in advancing and adhering to globally recognized security control standards including NIST CSF, ISO 27001 and SOC2.

TikTok plans to open a Transparency Center in its Los Angeles office next month, and Cloutier said its work on cyber defense, security assistance and data protection will be featured front and center.

He added that TikTok continues to limit the number of employees with access to user data, as well as scenarios where data access is enabled.

The company will also add new technologies and programs with a focus on global data residency, data movement and data storage access protections worldwide, with Cloutier providing the example that employees in the Asia-Pacific region would have minimal access to user data from the European Union and the U.S.

Cloutier wrote, “In the same way that I hope we all continue to wash our hands thoroughly long after the Covid-19 crisis has ended, so, too, will we continue to advance the protection and privacy of your data. That’s how together we can take some important lessons from this terrible crisis and use them to build a better, more secure future for us all.”

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.