Last week Xiaomi had to make excuses over accusations from the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense. Recall that the military department of the Baltic country, with reference to the cybersecurity center, reported that Xiaomi smartphones have a built-in censorship.
All of this violates the laws of democracy and free speech, and there is also the possibility that devices are sending sensitive user data to servers located in Singapore.
Naturally, Xiaomi denies everything and declares that the preservation of privacy and confidentiality for it is a priority and a matter of honor. But it seems that not everyone believed it. Now Xiaomi is taken over by the German federal agency for oversight of cybersecurity. In particular, it has taken up a thorough study of the company’s smartphone.
We do not know what models are in question. There is only a general description – “technical examination”. But it is not difficult to assume that German cybersecurity experts want to verify themselves for the presence of a built-in censor. We are waiting for the official opinion of German specialists.
Xiaomi has hired security experts
A continuation of the story appeared, in which Xiaomi and the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania were involved; which previously recommended users not buy smartphones from a Chinese manufacturer and get rid of existing devices from China.
A few days ago, the Chinese tech giant officially commented on this statement, noting that Xiaomi devices do not censor messages sent by users or the text they enter. Now Xiaomi has added that it has hired security experts to assess the claim that its smartphones have built-in censorship capabilities.
Xiaomi may suffer as a result of deteriorating relations between Beijing and Vilnius. Some questions related to the alleged recognition of Taiwan by Lithuania. This led to the fact that Beijing called for the recall of the Lithuanian ambassador to China; and also initiated the recall of its ambassador from Lithuania in August.
In a statement, Xiaomi stated that it disputes certain conclusions of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense; and engages independent third-party experts to assess this issue. The representative of Xiaomi did not specify which experts are in question; but the source writes that this is a European organization with sufficient influence and experience.
Xiaomi also stated that its standard approach to some adware applications has been to protect users from extreme content; such as pornography and links that could offend local users.