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Xiaomi presents proof that disproves privacy breach claim

In response to the recent "serious" privacy report stating that Xiaomi is overly collecting the data of its users, the Chinese tech giant has issued a statement with evidence to disprove the claim.
Xiaomi presents proof that disproves privacy breach claim
File photo: Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro featuring Bryan of Technobaboy.com

To recall, Forbes recently reported that a seasoned cybersecurity researcher Gabi Cirlig has discovered that his Redmi Note 8 smartphone was watching much of what he was doing on the phone. It added that his phone is recording all the websites he visited along with search engine queries even on the supposedly private "incognito" mode.

Xiaomi denies the privacy breach claim with proof

In a statement in its official blog, Xiaomi has denied the allegation. Xiaomi said that there are several inaccuracies and misinterpretations about our process for browser data collection and storage.

Xiaomi said that its users' privacy and security are of top priority. The world's number 4 mobile brand also stated that they strictly follow and are fully compliant with the user privacy protection laws and regulations in the countries and regions they operate in.

Xiaomi added that in 
all global markets where Xiaomi is officially present, in order to offer the best possible user experience, increase compatibility between the operating system and various apps, as well as undertake the obligation of protecting user privacy, all collected usage data is based on permission and consent given explicitly by our users.

The company stressed that they ensure that the whole process is anonymous and encrypted. This is a common solution adopted by internet companies around the world while safeguarding user privacy and data security.

Internet security, safety, and user privacy are in the company's core principles as well.
The screenshots disproving the privacy breach claim
The screenshots disproving the privacy breach claim

To disprove the privacy breach claim, Xiaomi has provided a screenshot showing how they randomly generate unique tokens to aggregate usage statistics while explaining that those tokens do not correspond to any individuals.

Xiaomi has also shown how the Mi Browser works under incognito mode where no browsing data will be synced.

There are screenshots showing how Xiaomi encrypts the data of its users.

Xiaomi also boasts that they also have four international certifications that certified the security and privacy practices of its smartphones and default apps like the Mi Browser. It includes 
ISO27001:2013, ISO27018:2014, ISO29151:2017, and TRUSTe.

See also: Xiaomi updates Mi Browser in response to privacy breach claims

To read the Forbes full report and Xiaomi's complete statement, click the sources below.

Sources: Xiaomi, Forbes
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