- On April 30, Forbes in the report accused Xiaomi of collecting private and phone data and selling it to Alibaba.
- Researcher Gabi Cirlig told that his Redmi Note 8 phone is sending both web and phone data to the servers in Singapore and Russia
May 04, 2020, 06:38 PM IST
new Delhi. With Xiaomi facing charges of data theft, now another statement has come out. Xiaomi says that now we are leaving it to the user whether they want to share their data with the company or not. But the question is how this will be possible. On this, the company said that now users will be able to ensure that Xiaomi can track their private browsing data. Recently the company denied that they track the activities of MI and Redmi phone users, while they are browsing in Incognito mode.
Although there is still doubt as to why a company will track the user while browsing in private mode, but Xiaomi's case confirms that this is indeed the case. In other words, Xiaomi most likely has Mi and Redmi phone users to track what they are searching on the web or even what they are looking for in Incognito mode. Even after the matter comes up, there is no hope that the company will end this serious matter soon. Because the company is allowing its users to choose and not to choose this feature.
What was the matter
- On April 30, Forbes released a report accusing Xiaomi of collecting private data and phone data. The report said that the company is playing with the privacy of its users. All this work is being done through the browser product of Xiaomi, which includes Mi Browser (which is available as a default browser on all Mi phones), Mi Browser Pro and Mint Browser.
- According to the report, Gabi Cirlig, who did cyber security research, found that his Redmi Note 8 smartphone is sending both web and phone data to remote servers in Singapore and Russia. The servers have been rented by Xiaomi from China's tech company Alibaba. Forbes took this issue into consideration and investigated it independently for which he enlisted the help of another security researcher. Investigation revealed that all browsing data of Xiaomi users – including the website, search engine and news feed of Xiaomi. This tracking was also continued in incognito mode. The device was also recording which folders the user is opening and selecting on the screen.
All claims are false, the company is strict towards privacy – Xiaomi
- The company said in its clarification that the claims made in research are false and that privacy and security are of paramount importance to them. Along with this, she said that she strictly follows the laws and rules related to data privacy. But the company told Forbes that browsing data was being collected. The company also denied that browsing data is also being recorded in Incognito mode.
- There can also be another reason for collecting company data which can be understanding of user behavior. The company is using the services of sensor analytics, an analytics company. Chinese startup Sensor Data has accumulated $ 60 million since its founding in 2015. A Xiaomi spokesperson said that sensor analytics provides data analytics solutions for the company. Accumulated data is stored on the company's own servers and is not shared with sensor analytics or any other third party company.
Manu Kumar Jain clarified
Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain has said in a post on Twitter that the company is being accused of tracking data, it is baseless. India's data is in India and we are not misusing it. He said that the data of Indian users is saved in India only for the last two years.
* We do NOT collect data w / o consent
* Data is encrypted
* India data stays in India
News article from 2 yrs ago: https://t.co/kcghUcZiUu
– Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) May 2, 2020