This is an important investment in our data protection practices, and it also changes the scope of the global chief security officer role. With this in mind, Roland has decided to step back from his day-to-day operations as global CSO, effective 02 September
Roland Cloutier, the global chief security officer (CSO) of the short video platform TikTok will step down from that position and shift into a strategic advisory role.
Cloutier’s change in duties from being the global chief security officer to a strategic advisory role follows concerns about how the company handles US user data.
Employees outside of the country could access that information, TikTok recently admitted, although “robust cyber-security controls and authorisation” from its US security team were required.
Cloutier will be an adviser on the business impact of TikTok’s security and trust programmes.
TikTok’s head of security risk, vendor and client assurance, Kim Albarella, will take over as the chief of the company’s worldwide security teams on an interim basis.
“Part of our evolving approach has been to minimise concerns about the security of user data in the US, including the creation of a new department to manage US user data for TikTok,” CEO Shou Zi Chew wrote in a memo to TikTok staff.
“This is an important investment in our data protection practices, and it also changes the scope of the global chief security officer role. With this in mind, Roland has decided to step back from his day-to-day operations as global CSO, effective 02 September,” Chew added.
A TikTok spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal that Cloutier wasn’t overseeing the new team that manages US user data. That department reports to Chew directly.
Cloutier’s departure was not related to lawmakers’ concerns over US data security, the spokesperson said, and the shift had been in the works for a couple of months.
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