German security watchdog finds no evidence of Xiaomi censorship

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An investigation by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has found no evidence that Xiaomi smartphones have built-in censorship capabilities.

The watchdog launched an investigation last year after a report by the National Cyber ​​Security Center of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense concluded that the Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G can detect certain conditions and censor them in key applications, including browsers.


It was alleged that 449 words such as ‘free Tibet’, ‘long life of Taiwan’s independence’ or ‘democracy movement’ could be censored. Officials said the feature had been turned off for users in the EU, but could be turned on remotely if needed.

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Accordingly, the Lithuanian authorities urged their citizens to throw away any Xiaomi devices in their possession and that other countries implicated should follow its lead.

However, their German counterparts found no reason to suggest similar measures.

“As a result, BSI was unable to identify any discrepancy that would require further investigation or other measures,” a BSI spokesperson explained. Reuters,

Xiaomi has always denied the allegations and welcomed BSI’s findings: “Xiaomi is pleased that, the results of the investigation published yesterday by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), are transparent, responsible and our commitment to working together We affirm. The privacy and security of our customers as a top priority. This has proven that we comply with all EU and national data privacy and security laws as well as all applicable EU standards for devices We welcome exchanges with users, regulators and other stakeholders such as BSI as we remain committed to continuous improvement and innovation.”

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