TikTok, owned by Chinese ByteDance, plans to open its first European data center in Ireland, the popular video app writes in a blog post on Thursday. The company wants to store videos, messages and other data from European users there.
The company is investing around 420 million euros in the new data center. According to TikTok, this will create hundreds of new jobs, allow faster loading times for the app and ensure European user data is stored securely.
TikTok currently stores user data on servers in the United States and Singapore, the BBC. However, the app is at odds with US President Donald Trump, who is considering a ban on the app if the US arm of the app is not taken over by an American company.
“The arrival of this data center further demonstrates our long-term commitment to Ireland. We expect it to open in early 2022 and be operational,” TikTok writes.
Ireland is one of Europe’s largest data center hubs. Large technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google are also active there.