Researcher Andrew Tierney said on Friday that Xiaomi is collecting data from users in the incognito mode. Researchers Claim Xiaomi Collecting Data Incognito Mode.
Researchers Claim Xiaomi Collecting Data Incognito Mode:
In a series of tweets, Tierney responded to Xiaomi’s statement on a Forbes report that said Xiaomi web browsers were sending data to remote servers in China. Thomas Brewster, security, surveillance and privacy reporter for Forbes with Tierney and researcher Gabriel Cirlig in a report said that Xiaomi is collecting data from the incognito mode and sending it to the remote servers of China.
The report further said that Xiaomi browsers have recorded the history of all websites visited by the user.
Visited URLs Are A Part Of Data That Are sending:
Search Queries visited URLs, and very item visited in the Xiaomi news feed are part of the data that are being sent to China.
Xiaomi Disappointed With Forbes Report:
Xiaomi said that the company is very ‘disappointed’ with Forbes report. They further also said that the contributors misunderstood the privacy and policy of Xiaomi.
What The Company Responds:
“Xiaomi was disappointed to read the recent article from Forbes,” the company said in its response to the Forbes report. “We feel they have misunderstood what we communicated regarding our data privacy principles and policy. Our user’s privacy and internet security is of top priority at Xiaomi; we are confident that we strictly follow and are fully compliant with local laws and regulations. We have reached out to Forbes to offer clarity on this unfortunate misinterpretation.”
Xiaomi said that they are collecting two types of data, one is usage statistics data and another syncing of user browser data.
Researchers Are Not Backing Off FRom Their Claims:
The researcher explains that Xiaomi in its response to the report highlighted various parameters that are collected under usage statistics data but in its example provides URL as a parameter.