Chinese mobile manufacturer Xiaomi was in news last week. According to F-secure report, Xiaomi Redmi 1S phone was sending data like user’s IMEI, phone number, and phone numbers of contacts added to the phone book to a remote server. So, Indian Air Force stopped using the phone due to security risk and prepared a note based on the report and inputs from Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).
Now in order to sort out Security concerns related to user’s data, Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi is planning to engage with Indian Authorities.
The company Vice President Hugo Barra told TOI that, “We are trying to get to the bottom of this. So far, we have not heard anything from the IAF or any other authorities and have only read media reports. We will reach out to authorities and engage with them to address any concerns that they might have.”
Xiaomi also stated that, like many other messaging services, they offer messaging, backup, cloud services to our customers.
Barra explained that Xiaomi started migrating data of its international users (non-Chinese) to data centres in the US and Singapore to benefit users in international markets, that will be completed by the end of October.
Till date, Xiaomi has launched three smartphones in India: The Mi3, Redmi 1S and Redmi Note. In July this year, the company entered in Indian market with its Mi3 smartphone through online retailer Flipkart and sold about half a million Redmi devices and 1.2 lakh Mi 3 handsets.
According to a recent report by Strategy Analytics, China’s Acclaimed Xiaomi has become the fifth largest smartphone maker in the world. This year, the company sold had sold 26.1 million smartphones in the first half of 2014, 271% increase from its total sales last year.
Xiaomi had also unveiled its first wearable device, a fitness band for USD 13, including sensors for tracking various health metrics and can even act as an alarm clock.
Other Chinese firms are also selling its handsets in India include Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo, Gionee and Oppo.