TikTok has announced plans to build two new data centres in Europe.
by Rory Butler / February 22, 2023
The video-sharing giant, also known in China as Douyin, said it is in the “advanced” stages of finalising plans for a second data centre in Ireland, with talks underway for a third “in Europe”.
The company did not share which construction and engineering firms will lead the build when asked – however it is understood the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) in Ireland was involved in the first facility in Dublin, which saw investment in the region of €600 million.
The social media platform also said it will open a European Transparency and Accountability Centre in Dublin next month.
TikTok has more than 150 million users across Europe, including the UK.
The new centres will enable TikTok to store data from users from the UK and Europe on servers in the EU, rather than Singapore or America.
“Regarding local data storage, in line with the growth of our community, we’re looking to expand our European data storage capacity,” said Rich Waterworth, general manager operations – TikTok Europe.
“We are at an advanced stage of finalising a plan for a second data centre in Ireland with a third-party service provider, in addition to the site announced last year.
“We’re also in talks to establish a third data centre in Europe to further complement our planned operations in Ireland.
“European TikTok user data will begin migrating this year, continuing into 2024.”
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