TikTok to open first European data centre in Ireland

FILE PHOTO: Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Popular short-video app TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, said on Thursday it plans to open its first European data centre in Ireland with an investment of about 420 million euros ($499 million).

Under fire from U.S. President Donald Trump over national security risks, TikTok is in talks with Microsoft about selling its U.S. operations. Trump said he will ban the service in the United States on Sept. 15 if there was no sale.

The data centre in Ireland will create hundreds of new jobs, enable faster loading time and safely store European user data, Roland Cloutier, global chief information security officer of TikTok, wrote in a blog post here

“This data centre signals our long-term commitment to Ireland and we expect the

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Two U.S. senators seek ban on collecting customer biometric data without consent

FILE PHOTO: Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) speaks to reporters following leaving the Senate floor after delivering a 15 hour speech against Judge Neil Gorsuch on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C., U.S., April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

(Reuters) – Two U.S. senators are proposing legislation to prohibit private companies from collecting biometric data without consumers and employees’ consent.

Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon said this week he is introducing the reform measure along with independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The effort comes after growing concerns about biometric data collection among private companies, including the use of facial-recognition technology.

The senators cited a recent Reuters investigation into Rite Aid’s facial-recognition program among other reports causing alarm about the technology’s use.

“We have to fight against a ‘big brother’ surveillance state that eradicates our privacy and our control of our own information, be it a threat from the government or from

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Australia’s Telstra to sell Melbourne data centre for about $300 million

(Reuters) – Australia’s largest telecom company Telstra Corp (TLS.AX) said on Wednesday it will sell its Clayton data centre facility in Melbourne to property firm Centuria Industrial REIT (CIP.AX) for A$416.7 million ($298.4 million).

The facility, to be sold by the end of August, has 10 buildings including Telstra’s latest 6.1 megawatt data centre.

Chief Executive Andrew Penn said the company had now sold more than A$1.5 billion worth of assets as part of a strategy announced in 2018 to strengthen its balance sheet.

However, the telecom firm will retain ownership of all ITand telecom equipment at Clayton and be responsible for building upgrades, repairs and future capex requirements as part of a triple-net lease-back arrangement with New South Wales-based Centuria.

Shares of Centuria went into a trading halt on Wednesday as the company is expected to announce a capital raise to finance the purchase of

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Facebook gains temporary court reprieve on EU antitrust data demand

FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Facebook has won the first round of its court battle against what it says are excessive demands from European Union antitrust regulators after Europe’s second-top court temporarily halted such requests until it makes a final ruling.

The U.S. social media group is being investigated by the European Commission for its trove of data and online marketplace, which may lead to hefty fines and orders to change its business practices.

Facebook on July 15 sued the EU competition enforcer at the Luxembourg-based General Court, saying that the Commission was seeking information beyond what is necessary, including highly personal details.

It also asked for interim measures to stop a May 4 information request. Failure to comply could expose it to a daily penalty payment of 8 million

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