no proof of censorship module for the BSI

On behalf of the Lithuanian Defense Ministry, a cybersecurity audit assessed three 5G smartphones from Chinese manufacturers, including the Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G for which risks had been identified.

Lithuania in particular pointed to a technical feature likely to lead to censorship (not activated in the European Union), via lists of banned words downloaded from a server in Singapore by system applications such as the Mi Browser.

With the Lithuanian audit, it was mentioned a list of 449 keywords and combinations of keywords in Chinese characters reminiscent of censorship by the Beijing government (Free tibet, democratic movement, long live the independence of Taiwan…).

Xiaomi had denied the existence of such a censorship module. For Germany, the Federal Office for Information Technology Security (BSI) had undertaken a technical review following the accusations made by Lithuania.

The BSI goes in the direction of Xiaomi

Reuters reports that the BSI has found no evidence of censorship functions in smartphones made by Xiaomi. ” The BSI was unable to identify any anomalies that would require further investigation or other action.

Xiaomi obviously welcomes the conclusions of the BSI with satisfaction. “ BSI did not detect any content filtering or blocking functionality as described in the original report.

In a statement, the Chinese manufacturer writes: ” Unsurprisingly, the results of the survey conducted by the BSI attest that Xiaomi respects the highest standards of transparency. They also confirm the central place that Xiaomi places on the privacy and security of its consumers. Once again, it has been proven that we operate in compliance with all European and national regulations relating to security and data protection as well as applicable European standards.

Lithuania had said its report has been shared with cybersecurity officials from other countries in the European Union and the United States.


Source: GNT – actualités by www.generation-nt.com.

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