Recently, TikTok has been diligently trying to distance itself from its owner – the multinational holding ByteDance, officially registered in the Cayman Islands, but headquartered in Beijing. So, commenting for the press on the statement of Donald Trump, in which he accused TikTok of leaking user data to China, company representatives called this attack “baseless innuendo.”
Business Insider’s investigative journalism found this was not entirely true. There are several ways to create an account at careers.tiktok.com: when registering, specify your email or phone number, via LinkedIn or using your Facebook login. In the latter case, the user is presented with a TikTok Career dialog box, which, as it turned out, redirected to portal-tiktok.kundou.cn.
Beijing-based Kundou appears to be controlled by ByteDance, providing tech support for back-end recruiting software within the holding. However, when disclosing its structure, ByteDance never mentions Kundou, like its other operations in the PRC.
Having discovered the redirect, the journalists, not without reason, suggested that the data of all users of careers.tiktok.com was deposited on Chinese servers – not only those who created an account through Facebook. When they requested a comment on TikTok, the service operators simply removed the redirect from the page, and then stated that they would no longer store such information in China.