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[Q & A] Privacy issues with Redmi Note claim to send photo and SMS secretly to China

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01:57, Jul-31-2014 | From PC
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I understand that lots of you worried that your privacy might have compromise.

Hence is this the clarification by Xiaomi Vice President Hugo Barra in his Facebook Page.

In case some of you can't read the text in the screenshot, below is the quote copy from Hugo Barra page in FaceBook.
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.



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Xiaomi Privacy Policy: https://i.mi.com/privacy_en.htm

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02:42, Jul-31-2014 | From PC
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This post was edited by Joker29 at 18:29, Aug-01-2014

https://plus.google.com/110023707389740934545/posts/9GL9h2fT8H6
Hugo Barra's Gplus post here.

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06:35, Jul-31-2014 | From PC
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Xiaomi statement may sound like 'a standard operating procedure' reply to the public,

If you feel that you have alot of personal stuff and secret not to be known to public or anyone, do take a precaution action to safeguard your info.

If you choose to trust Xiaomi, please do so and don't complaint.
If you choose not to trust Xiaomi, it your right and no one can force you to, then yourself have to take initiative to safeguard on your own.

If what Xiaomi said turn out to be false, then they will be blame and boo by the public, and your info is spread out or on the Internet, Xiaomi reputation will be severely damage due to false statement given.

A company will not simply 'declare' a statement unless they really know what they are doing.
There also possible whereby the statement is partially true is some legally fineprint, acceptance concern, etc whereby you yourself have click accepted without really read through and understand it...

Finally, in the end it all comes to how much info you want to put online....  fxxxbook, Insxxxgram, and other social portal can also search your details...

just my 1cent thought.

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09:39, Jul-31-2014 | From PC
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Thanks for posting the response here. Managed to read it from Hugo's FB directly.
Might I suggest to stick this thread to the top of the forum, others may miss it.

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10:53, Jul-31-2014 | From PC
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Awesome~!!
It's nice to know that the misunderstanding has been cleared~
Hugo did a really good job with the reply too~!
Thanks so much for the awesome share! ^_^

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23:04, Jul-31-2014 | From PC
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Wells at least Hugo has step out to clarify things.
I'm sure if someone ask him on Facebook further, he will reply too.

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11:21, Aug-01-2014 | From PC
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Apple also has this issue and I think they have yet to clarify...

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15:57, Aug-02-2014 | Via mobile
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everyone is doing the same thing... u can't help someone is good or bad based on this...

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11:29, Aug-04-2014 | From PC
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nothing is private if you go online...IMHO

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12:09, Aug-04-2014 | From PC
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