Xiaomi is one of the smartphone manufacturers that has grown the most in recent times, ranking fourth in revenue behind brands such as Huawei, Apple and Samsung.
According to the latest data for the last quarter of last year, the Chinese company has a 7.52% market share worldwide due to the low cost of its high-quality phones.
But as Forbes noted, Xiaomi has a serious security problem and its devices are sending user data – such as web history or activated private browsing – to remote servers in China, Singapore and Russia.
The monitoring of web activity would be done through the own browser installed on the devices of the Chinese brand.
Too This disclosure of data is done through applications such as Mi Browser Pro and Mint Browser, available on Google Play. The browsers would record the web pages that the user visits or the searches that they make through them from services such as Google or DuckDuckGo, and even details whether the user activated the incognito mode.
Monitoring would also take place in the use of smarpthone, with the folders it opens, the status bar or the settings page. According to the investigation, a user who recently bought the Redmi Note 8 found that much of what he did was sent to servers hosted by Alibaba Group. These servers were rented by Xiaomi itself.
These dates they would be being sent to those remote servers located in Singapore and Russia, whose web domains are registered in Beijing. Even – according to the research published by Forbes – the Xiaomi music application collects user information. This means that the type of music the phone owner listens to is sent to these servers.
The Chinese manufacturer of cell phones expressed its “disappointment” with the investigation published by Forbes and said it was “false” news.
Further, He maintained that security and privacy are a priority for the company. Despite acknowledging that they do collect browsing information, a Chinese source noted that the data is encrypted and anonymized. These data, he clarifies, are not sent to a remote server but are used to improve the experience.
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