Manu Jain: Xiaomi not collecting users’ data without their consent
- 04 May 2020
Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi has refuted a news report that accused the company of infringing on the privacy of its phone users by recording their “private” web and phone use habits, APA reports citing Expresscomputer.
Quoting cybersecurity researchers, Forbes reported this week that one researcher Gabi Cirlig found that his Redmi Note 8 smartphone was watching almost everything that he was doing on the phone.
Forbes asked another cybersecurity researcher, Andrew Tierney, to investigate the issues further, who allegedly found that browsers shipped by Xiaomi on Google Play — Mi Browser Pro and the Mint Browser — were recording the same data.
“A news report claims that Mi Browser collects unnecessary information while browsing and sends the user data to other countries. This is incorrect and not true,” Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India, said in a statement.
Xiaomi said that its users’ privacy and security are of top priority.
“We strictly follow and are fully compliant with user privacy protection laws and regulations in the countries and regions we operate in,” the company stressed.
While collecting user data is not unusual for Internet companies, they are supposed to do so with the permission of users in order to offer them better services. But the data is supposed to remain anonymised so that the identity of the user remains hidden.
In a separate blog post, Xiaomi said all collected usage data is based on permission and consent given explicitly by our users.
“Additionally, we ensure the whole process is anonymous and encrypted. The collection of aggregated usage statistics data is used for internal analysis, and we do not link any personally identifiable information to any of this data,” said the company.
Xiaomi said it hosts information on a public cloud infrastructure that is common and well known in the industry.
“All information from our overseas services and users is stored on servers in various overseas markets where local user privacy protection laws and regulations are strictly followed and with which we fully comply,” it explained.
Jain said that using Mi Browser or any Mi Internet product is perfectly safe and “we do not collect any information that the user has not given explicit consent to”.
“All Mi Browser and Mi Cloud data of Indian users is stored locally in AWS servers in India,” he added.
Xiaomi as soon as once more faces allegations that it’s silently sending consumer knowledge to distant servers, APA reports citing TechAuto.
Security researchers declare that the Chinese firm, which leads the smartphone market in India and is amongst the top-five smartphone makers globally, has supplied loopholes on its telephones to transmit knowledge to distant servers hosted by Alibaba. Amongst different preloaded apps, the default Web browser on Xiaomi’s Redmi and Mi collection telephones had been discovered recording Web historical past of customers even when switched to “incognito” mode. Xiaomi has denied the claims, and added that whereas it tracks some nameless searching knowledge, it doesn’t share this with third-parties.
Security researchers Gabi Cirlig and Andrew Tierney had been in a position to spot varied backdoors in Xiaomi telephones that assist the corporate get hold of consumer knowledge, with out getting any consent from its customers, reported Forbes. Cirlig found that his Redmi Note eight was “watching much of what he was doing on his phone” and was sending all that knowledge to distant servers hosted by Alibaba.