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German IT Security Watchdog Examines Xiaomi Mobile Phone

Online Radio September 29, 2021 11


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A spokesperson for Germany’s interior ministry told Reuters on Wednesday that the country’s federal cybersecurity watchdog, the BSI, is conducting a technical examination of a mobile phone manufactured by China’s Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK).

The spokesperson did not provide further details on what kind of examination the agency was carrying out.

Last week, Lithanua’s state cybersecurity body said that Xiaomi phones had a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as “Free Tibet”, “Long live Taiwan independence” or “democracy movement”.

Xiaomi said on Monday it was engaging a third-party expert to assess the allegations by Lithuania that its smartphones carry built-in censorship capabilities.

According to research firm Strategy Analytics, Xiaomi emerged as the top smartphone vendor in Europe for the first time in the second quarter of 2021, shipping a record 12.7 million units there.

Along with other Chinese rivals on the Android operating system, Xiaomi has enjoyed an increase in market share following the enforcement of U.S. sanctions against Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (HWT.UL), which crippled its once-dominant smartphone division.

Germany has had security concerns about using technology from Chinese companies such as Huawei in its 5G network rollout after U.S. calls for banning the company, saying its equipment could be used to support Chinese state spying.

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