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Phoning Home, Xiaomi and Cell Phone Data Theft

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 29, 2014


Any cell phone from China is a. Manchurian candidate.

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Xiaomi got caught with its proverbial hand in the cookie jar. The company was siphoning off user data and sending it to China without permission. What is remarkable about this is not the data theft, as is explained below, but Xiaomi’s response.

Due to the nature of smart phones, they are walking data centers. Anyone with access to one’s handheld, potentially owns that information. This fact is why trust should be a major concern for people when buying smart phones.

Xiaomi’s reticence to be forthright with their intrusion is probably due to their youth more than anything else. The company is a relative newcomer and still figuring out how to handle PR nightmares. Lets hope they up their game in the future.

About data theft and cell phones in General

Excerpt- ‘When popular Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Inc admitted that its devices were sending users’ personal information back to a…

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