Warning: Xiaomi Phones (Redmi and Mi Series) Sending Your Data to China, Claims in a report

Xiaomi Phones Sending Your Data to China, Claims in a report

Xiaomi has once again been accused that the company is silently sending users' data to remote servers. Security researchers claim that the Chinese company, which is the leader of the smartphone market in India and among the top five smartphone companies globally, is leaving loopholes on its phones to send data to remote servers hosted by Alibaba.

The default web browser on Xiaomi's Redmi and Mi series phones, along with other preloaded apps, is recording users' web history, even if the user has incognito mode (private tab) open in the browser. Xiaomi has denied the claims and said that even if the company tracks some anonymous browsing data, it does not share it with any third-party.
Xiaomi Phones (Redmi and Mi Series) Sending Your Data to China,
According to a Forbes report, security researchers Gabi Cirlig and Andrew Tierney have discovered several loopholes in Xiaomi phones that help the company to acquire users' data without consent. Cirlig found out that his Redmi Note 8 “was tracking phone movements and sending them to remote servers hosted by Alibaba.

The researcher said that his identity and his personal life are being exposed through the flaws, which Xiaomi has deliberately added to the software on the Redmi phone. In addition, he was able to detect that the company was recording information even when he was using incognito mode in the browser.

In addition to browsing data, Cirlig's Redmi Note 8 was also reportedly recording information about folders and screen Skype opened by it. It also includes a status bar and settings page. It has been claimed that all data has been sent to remote servers located in Singapore and Russia and that all these servers are hosted by a registered web domain in Beijing, where Xiaomi has a headquarters.

Cirlig found that the security flaws were not limited to his Redmi Note 8 and according to him, these flaws are present in many Xiaomi phones. He has also been able to confirm his claim by downloading the firmware of the Mi 10, Redmi K20, and Mi Mix 3. Like Cirlig, Tierney also found that both Mi Browser Pro and Mi Browser available on Google Play are collecting the same user data. According to Google Play data, both browsers have been downloaded more than 15 million or 15 million times.

Xiaomi has denied claims made by security researchers. Responding to Forbes, Xiaomi said, "Research claims are baseless." It has also been said that the company is very serious about the privacy and security company. Apart from that it has been said that the company does not collect information inside incognito mode in the browser.

However, it has been clearly stated that the company records "anonymous browsing data" to improve the user experience. It has also clarified that the company does not share the collected data with any startup or third-party.
Warning: Xiaomi Phones (Redmi and Mi Series) Sending Your Data to China, Claims in a report Warning: Xiaomi Phones (Redmi and Mi Series) Sending Your Data to China, Claims in a report Reviewed by Redbuddy on May 02, 2020 Rating: 5

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