For Xiaomi, privacy protection is at the center of attention


Company Xiaomi, a global technology leader, recently ended a month of raising awareness on security and privacy at Xiaomi Science and Technology Park. During its June activities, the company highlighted details of its information security and privacy practices to employees, industry executives, industry experts and the public. The company also distributed two documents on security and privacy, as well as a report on transparency and data security.

This is the second year that Xiaomi has organized a month to raise security and privacy awareness. This year’s theme was “Security is our common responsibility.” Always think before you do anything. “The goal was to show Xiaomi’s determination to follow industry-leading security and privacy standards and strengthen the company’s commitment when it comes to transparency.

Cui Baoqiu, vice president of Xiaomi and chairman of the Security and Privacy Committee, said: “As a leading manufacturer of Android smartphones, we have a great responsibility. We are committed to letting consumers know how their personal information is collected, used and protected. We are proud to say that Xiaomi adheres to world-class standards in terms of security, privacy and transparency.

Protecting user data and privacy has always been a priority for Xiaomi. Xiaomi established its Security and Privacy Committee in 2014. In 2016, Xiaomi became the first Chinese company to receive certification from TrustArc. In 2018, Xiaomi adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) defined by the European Union. In the same year, Xiaomi’s security and privacy practices were certified according to ISO / IEC 27001, ISO / IEC 27018 standards. Xiaomi has also released the first version of a document dealing with the security and privacy of the MIUI system.

Over the past month, employees and visitors have had the opportunity to learn more about security and privacy. All participants were able to learn how to protect personal data through an interactive exhibition. Security academy classes were also held for the company’s employees, covering topics for different departments, for example, “How to adhere to privacy protection during product development”, “General research and security development” and “Business risk control”, etc. The Xiaomi Cup CTF competition provided an opportunity for thousands of engineers to act as “hackers” and compete in coding to address privacy challenges. The company also invited instructors certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) to conduct professional training for employees.

Xiaomi also held IoT Security and Privacy Protection panel discussions with security and privacy industry experts. Participants were Margaret Honda, Global Research Manager at IAPP, Brad Ree, CTO at ioXt, David Mudd, Global Digital Product Certification at BSI, Scott Roberts, Director of Android Security Assurance at Google, Richard Watson, a leading partner in charge of cyber security risk management in EY’s APAC region, and Paul Breitbarth, director of EU global policy and strategy at TrustArc.

Richard Watson, a leading partner in charge of cyber security risk management in EY’s APAC region, noted that consumers expect their data to be collected and stored in a secure manner. The most important factors when sharing personal data with the organization were secure collection and storage processes (63%), control over which data is shared (57%) and trust (51%). Paul Breitbarth, Director of EU Global Policy and Strategy at TrustArc, advised organizations on the topic of international user data transfer. He also talked about the importance of data exporters to ensure an essentially equivalent level of data protection by respecting international law and taking other actions that can be verified.

Two important privacy documents were also issued during the month: the MIUI system privacy document and the Xiaomi loT platform privacy document. Both documents summarize Xiaomi’s privacy policy and practices in MIUI and IoT products and explain what user data is collected and how it is used and protected. They also illustrate the privacy policy of each application that comes with the MIUI system and other frequently used loT products. These documents can be found in the Xiaomi Trust Center, https://trust.mi.com/. In addition, Xiaomi has also released the 2020 Transparency Report on https://trust.mi.com/, describing in detail the requests Xiaomi received from governments and law enforcement agencies around the world and how Xiaomi responded to them.

Transparency, accountability, user control, security and compliance are Xiaomi’s privacy principles. The company abides by local laws in all markets in which it operates and will never stop producing safe and reliable products around the world to help everyone enjoy a better life through innovative technologies.



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