There are several reports mentioning that Chinese company, Xiaomi’s devices are sending user data to China. As per the reports, Xiaomi RedMi was found to be secretly sending photos and texts to China servers.
So what is being sent to the servers? What surprises the tester is that even if you root the phone and flash it with another firmware, the background transmission continues. It seems that the process is hard coded into the phone.[Via]
Xiaomi (India) has clarified this privacy issue on its Facebook page.
MIUI requests public data from Xiaomi servers from time to time. These include data such as preset greeting messages (thousands of jokes, holiday greetings and poems) in the Messaging app and MIUI OTA update notifications, i.e. all non-personal data that does not infringe on user privacy.
Does Xiaomi upload any personal data without my knowledge?
Answer: No. Xiaomi offers a service called Mi Cloud that enables users to back up and manage personal information in the cloud, as well as sync to other devices. This includes contacts, notes, text messages and photos. Mi Cloud is turned off by default. Users must log in with their Mi accounts and manually turn on Mi Cloud. They also have the option to only turn on backup for certain types of data. The use and storage of data in Mi Cloud fully respects the local laws of each country and region. Strict encryption algorithms are implemented to protect user privacy.
And Importantly, Why should one believe Xiaomi?
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