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[Xiaomi] Hugo Barra Answers the Privacy Issues on Redmi Note & Mi Cloud

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01:52, Jul-31-2014 | From PC
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Hugo Barra Answers the Privacy Issues on Redmi Note & Mi Cloud

Xiaomi secretly sending your info to Chinese servers
You always had a feeling that Xiaomi’s deals were too good to be true, but you just couldn’t figure out what the catch was exactly, right?

This are just some of the statement alledging Xiaomi Redmi Note phone is one of the Chinese government tool to spy on people privacy.

There have already been concerns of Chinese cell phone manufacturers sending private user data to the Chinese government, so this certainly doesn’t look good for Xiaomi.




Last day a big issue arose about Redmi Note sending secretly data on Chinese server that can be use to spy on user. Well a lot people reacted to this issue and create doubts on XIAOMI, even famous gadget blogs do reacted, but to clear things up XIAOMI VP for Global Hugo Barra asnwered this issue on his facebook account.



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Q: Online articles recently referred to some privacy issues with the Redmi Note, claiming that photos and text messages are sent to China secretly. Are they true?

A: An article severely misinterpreted a discussion thread asking about the Redmi Note's communication with a server in China. The article also neglected to refer to a Chinese version of this Q&A already posted on the Xiaomi Hong Kong Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Xiaomihongkong/posts/799059896795602). MIUI does not secretly upload photos and text messages.

MIUI requests public data from Xiaomi servers from time to time. These include data such as preset greeting messages (thousands of jokes, holiday greetings and poems) in the Messaging app and MIUI OTA update notifications, i.e. all non-personal data that does not infringe on user privacy.


Q: Does Xiaomi upload any personal data without my knowledge?

A: Xiaomi offers a service called Mi Cloud that enables users to back up and manage personal information in the cloud, as well as sync to other devices.  This includes contacts, notes, text messages and photos. Mi Cloud is turned off by default.  Users must log in with their Mi accounts and manually turn on Mi Cloud.  They also have the option to only turn on backup for certain types of data. The use and storage of data in Mi Cloud fully respects the local laws of each country and region.  Strict encryption algorithms are implemented to protect user privacy.

Q: Can I turn Mi Cloud off?

A: Yes. Just go to Settings > Mi Cloud to turn it off. If you would like to use a cloud back up service from another provider, there are options from Google, Dropbox and many others.

Q: Why should I believe you?

A: Xiaomi is serious about user privacy and takes all possible steps to ensure our Internet services adhere to our privacy policy. We do not upload any personal information and data without the permission of users. In a globalized economy, Chinese manufacturers' handsets are selling well internationally, and many international brands are similarly successful in China – any unlawful activity would be greatly detrimental to a company's global expansion efforts.

Hope this clear everyones doubt about XIAOMI

Sources: Hugo Barra, GSMArena
Related Article:
http://en.miui.com/thread-31238-1-1.html
http://en.miui.com/thread-31253-1-1.html

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We're really serious about user privacy and take all possible steps to ensure our Internet services adhere to our privacy policy. You can 100% trust us. Thank you!

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Well said Hugo Barra. I'm sure this is just a strategy being fed by competitors because of Xiaomi's success.

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Hope this can reassure Mi fans.
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Thanks for clearing everything up :) Keep up the great work !

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