According to an internal note seen by Reuters, TikTok’s global chief security officer Roland Cloutier, who supervises cybersecurity, is resigning from his role but will, however, remain at the company.
“With our recent announcement about data management changes in the US, it’s time for me to transition from my role as Global Chief Security Officer into a strategic advisory role focusing on the business impact of security and trust programs, working directly with (CEO) Shou, ByteDance (VP of Technology) Dingkun and other senior leaders,” Cloutier wrote in the memo.
In the meantime, the company continues to be under inquiry by the EU and the US regulators. A few days ago, Italy’s data protection authority formally instructed TikTok about an alleged breach of prevailing European Union rules to safeguard user privacy.
The request from Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat, and Republican Marco Rubio followed a Buzzfeed report explaining the short video application that allowed TikTok engineers and executives in China to repeatedly access the private information of US users. The senators said, “such access raised questions over TikTok’s claims to lawmakers and users that the data was protected.”