Xiaomi will engage a third-party expert to evaluate the statements contained in the report of the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) of Lithuania, in which the agency suspects Xiaomi and Huawei smartphones of transmitting data to the Chinese authorities and political censorship. This was present in a report by Reuters.
“We disagree with the characterization of certain audit results and are engaging a third-party, independent expert to evaluate the issues raised in the report,” a Xiaomi spokesman said.
The Chinese smartphone manufacturer came out with a statement shortly after the Lithuanian government cybersecurity department reported last week that smartphones from IT giants like Huawei and Xiaomi allegedly have serious privacy concerns. There was a call for the phasing out of phones from China.
Xiaomi rejects all accusations against it and declares that its devices “do not censor information sent or received by users”.
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Xiaomi: there are no censorship and no user restrictions in our devices
Chinese Xiaomi has given official comments on the statements of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense about the presence of censorship in the company’s smartphones.
Recently, it was reported that the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense advised users not to buy Chinese-made smartphones and get rid of existing devices from China. According to the Lithuanian cybersecurity agency, Xiaomi devices sold in Europe have a built-in ability to recognize and block certain phrases, such as “long live Taiwan independence” and “democratic movement”.
And now, official statements from Xiaomi have come in on this issue. The company says that Xiaomi devices do not censor messages to or from their users.
“ Xiaomi has never and will never restrict or block the personal actions of users of the company’s smartphones; such as searching, making calls, browsing the web or using third-party communications software. Xiaomi fully respects and protects the legal rights of all users, ”the message says.
In addition, the company emphasizes that it complies with the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union (GDPR). And the capabilities of third-party advertising filters on Xiaomi devices are disabled in the EU; and in any jurisdiction where their use is contrary to applicable laws.
In addition, Xiaomi co-founder and CEO Lei Jun has recently shared plans for the development of the smartphone business. The Chinese company intends to further strengthen its position in the global market.
As Mr. Jun has stated, the company intends to become the leader in the smartphone market. Moreover, the company is going not only to take the first place; but also to keep it for a long time.