This is the first time a country’s government has warned its citizens against buying or possessing a mobile device. The Ministry of Defense of Lithuania advises consumers not to buy Chinese smartphones, especially those from Xiaomi.
The Lithuanian government explains that some smartphones have built-in censorship systems. All of them are sold in Europe and are also available from our neighbor. Such technologies violate European law. It is about blocking phrases such as Free Tibet, Taiwan’s Independence or Democratic China. In total, 449 returns were found.
„We recommend that you refrain from buying Chinese phones and get rid of those already purchased as soon as possible“- Deputy Defense Minister Margiris Abukevicius told journalists.
The most worrying fact is that while these systems were deactivated when introduced into the EU, they can be easily commissioned remotely. This is what the Lithuanian National Cyber Security Center of the Ministry of Defense claims.
But it is not everything. The Lithuanian government has warned that censorship is only one of the methods used by Chinese companies. Stealing users’ private data and sending them abroad is also on the agenda. The report cited a situation where a Xiaomi phone was sending data to a server in Singapore. A similar situation also happened with a Huawei phone.
Xiaomi has issued a statement on this matter, in which we can read that: “Xiaomi devices do not censor communication. This includes content, both read and sent. Xiaomi has never limited and will not limit or block any personal activities of our smartphone users, such as searching, calling, browsing the web, or using third-party messaging software. Xiaomi fully respects and protects the rights of all users. Xiaomi complies with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). “
Source: GeekWeek.pl/Reuters / Fot. Xiaomi
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