China’s Xiaomi has apologized for causing privacy concerns, after the
fledgling smartphone maker faced scrutiny over whether it can be trusted with
users’ personal data.
Last week, red flags were raised when security firm F-Secure tested a Xiaomi
phone, only to find that it sent contact information and device data back to a
company server, without the user’s permission. This prompted local media in
Taiwan to question Xiaomi’s previous claim that the company was not secretly
storing user’s data.
On Sunday, Xiaomi Vice President Hugo Barra responded, and said that the
transmitted data was part of the phone’s Cloud Messaging service, which can
send messages via SMS and over the Internet. The service operates with the
help of Xiaomi servers, and relies on both phone numbers and device
information to rout the messages. But no user personal data is stored by the
company, Barra said.
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