Friday, October 24, 2014

privacy and security concerns with Xiaomi phones

Indian Air Force warns against using Xiaomi phones

There have been privacy and security concerns around Xiaomi phones in the past but now Indian Air Force (IAF) is reportedly warning against using the devices manufactured by the Chinese company. According to a report by the Sunday Standard, the IAF has told its officers and their families not to use Xiaomi devices, citing security concerns. The IAF reportedly suggests that Xiaomi devices send data to an agency which reports to the ministry of information industry in China.
The IAF, according to the report, issued the advisory on the basis of information obtained from the Indian Computer Response Team, which also confirmed that Xiaomi phones send back data to China.

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China Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Vows to Move Online Services Overseas

In a move that could show the way forward for many Chinese companies hoping to compete in the worldwide tech market, China smartphone maker Xiaomi, one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, says it will shift its online services to machines running outside the country.

Hugo Barra, the former Google executive who oversees Xiaomi’s international operation, made the announcement this morning with a post to Facebook, saying the move will affect all oversees users. “In early 2014, we kicked off a massive internal effort to expand our server infrastructure globally,” wrote Barra, who worked on Google’s Android operating system at the U.S. search giant. “This is a very high priority for Xiaomi as we expand into new markets over the next few years.”

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