Social media app Tick tock directs the applications of applicants containing highly sensitive and personally identifiable information through servers in China, although it was argued earlier this year that they are not disclosing user information to the Chinese owner of the company ByteDance.
Applicants who link their Facebook data to create a profile on TikTok’s careers page will be redirected to a website indirectly controlled by ByteDance called Kundou. According to a Business Insider report on Wednesday, TikTok applicants will not be explicitly advised of the website’s Chinese connections.
The information is then saved and transmitted through the Kundou site, according to Business Insider.
TikTok also claims that UK privacy documents that specifically state the company is headquartered in China are “out of date” and false, adding that they are not in China, but actually based in the United States are.
“To be very clear, TikTok is neither headquartered nor ever headquartered in China. TikTok is not available in China. All TikTok user data is stored in the US and Singapore, ”said the spokesman.
The company is also changing its processes so that job applicant data is no longer stored in China, Business Insider reported.
TikTok, catapulted to popularity for its catchy social media challenges and short viral videos, has been sued in the past by users who claimed the company shared its information with China.
The Trump administration claims TikTok raises national security concerns as US users’ personal information could be obtained from the Chinese government. TikTok, with over 100 million US users, rejects the allegations.
Under pressure from the U.S. government, ByteDance has been in talks for months to close a deal with Walmart and Oracle to convert TikTok’s U.S. assets into a new company aiming to fulfill a U.S. sales contract.