Chinese mobile phone maker Xiaomi plans to open a data center in India after the Indian Air Force expressed security concerns over its phones automatically sending user data to its servers in China.
In the official press release regarding these issues, the company stated: “We believe the advisory circular issued by IAF is based on events about 3 months back. It refers to the F-Secure test done on the Redmi 1S in July 2014 about the activation of our Cloud Messaging service (which enables users to send text messages for free, similar to other popular messaging services),” as covered by defenceworld.
The subject caught attention when the Indian Air Force issued a circular earlier this month warning personnels and family members (civilians) “that the phone was forwarding carrier name, phone number, IMEI (the device identifier) plus numbers from address book and text messages back to Beijing”.
Despite rumors that all the data are collected by the Chinese government, Xiaomi states that it does not collect any data associated with the services it provides, such as Mi Cloud and the Xiaomi Cloud Messaging service, unless the user provides explicit consent by switching on corresponding services.
The company also took to Facebook to assure the users that their privacy is taken care of as they posted, “There have been reports about an IAF circular claiming that Xiaomi phones are a security threat. While we are attempting to reach Indian authorities to learn specifics, we would like to clarify a few points to assure our users that we treat your privacy seriously.”