Report claims that Xiaomi phones collect browsing data from its users

01 May 2020
Even in incognito mode.

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  • Tutu

(follow up of previous comment)
Also does this news also impact the pocophone devices, since its under the xiaomi umbrella?

  • Tutu

Is it safe or fair to conclude that the message or these security flaws mentioned in this article is only harmful if you use Xiaomi's build in browser?

Or would this still be applicable if you use Chrome browser?

Also is this news also applied to for example Pocophone which is a company under the Xiaomi umbrella, but its not selling xiaomi phones tho.

  • dhguad

I too have a Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 but do no use the standard browers.

I have Opera Touch, Vivaldi and Brave installed and use all three. All three has stronger than usual privacy features but the since phone processes it all I assume nothing can prevent it from sending my browsing history to whatever server it wants to.

In other words, if I don't want Xiaomi, China or the CIA to know what I do on the Internet, I'm not going to use a cel phone, am I.

(Who gives a flying f*ck).

everything is done upside down, I know as a user, I don't care if I have ads on my phone, why would they care what I search for to send me such ads, I personally don't like someone to put something in front of my nose if I don't want to, that is rude, if I want to go to the store to buy something, the ads first threaten the look of applications and phones, and aggressive ads of games that pop up and products that are usually of no quality, do the founders of the phone think about it

Samath N8 808 owner, 04 May 2020Using GPS and sending GPS data to internet, to companies ar... moreyou and he both are partially true. I tried to tell few of my friends about data privacy, how companies sell and use your data. but they didnt even care. they listened, some of them thought what would google do with my data? some even didnt care to listen. so I stopped telling people how this data security thingy is so important. I just try to apply it in my personal life.

  • kofz

Anonymous, 04 May 2020With all due respect, can you tell the alternatives?? I w... morei have a mi 9t pro (k20 pro) with evolution x rom, i dare to say its better than miui, its a pixel experience but with spetacjlar extras

Carol, 04 May 2020Ever installed a firewall behing your xiaomi? Ever monitore... moreYes, used Xiaomi phones in the past with debloated EU Roms compete with a proper firewall to block system apps from connecting, in addition to doing certain changes in settings to stop spying.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 04 May 2020There is no way to protect yourself without being a luddite... moreWith all due respect, can you tell the alternatives?? I want to know them

  • Carol

SLSAHXOHVOMVN, 04 May 2020Xiaomi is also doing it with the user consent, when the use... moreEver installed a firewall behing your xiaomi? Ever monitored your network traffic, DNS Request?Ever inspected the Packets it sends to Xiaomi Servers? Nice for you to believe your saying, but check again. Closer.

  • Anonymous

klv12gcn, 03 May 2020If you want to live in the past, be my guest. If you want ... moreThere is no way to protect yourself without being a luddite but there are ways to minimize the data mining. Problem is nobody wants to check out the alternatives.

klv12gcn, 03 May 2020If you want to live in the past, be my guest. If you want ... moreUsing GPS and sending GPS data to internet, to companies are 2 very different things.
N95 8GB too had GPS, tell me how navigating with privacy is living in the past?

Privacy is possible even on internet, in some degrees with hardware and software focused on privacy. The thing is, your statement seems like you have given up. Don't ever give up.
We must expose Apple and Google for what they are, even to naive people who have no idea.
Why does hardware have to remain connected to internet in entireity? There's no logic.

Being comfortable with the fact that you're being spied upon, is our defeat.
Eventually, the newer generation will not even know what privacy means, and they'll never be able to be activists against the world's problems.
We need to end this.

  • Anonymously

alright, time to ban Xiaomi phones

Catol, 04 May 2020Google does not need to do something like this. You give th... moreXiaomi is also doing it with the user consent, when the user accepts these things during setting up the phone, just like Google.
You can also turn off 80% of the spying by simple changes in the settings menu just like Google.

  • Anonymous

Huh, they just rolled out a browser update that adds a toggle to turn off data collection in incognito mode.

  • Catol

IamBALD, 04 May 2020If Xiaomi does this, imagine what Google is doing . Google does not need to do something like this. You give them everything they need, and you do that by using their services and accepting the terms and conditions... so nope, google is not a sneak a pick, more like the boss of you. Wich one is worse in the situation? Well bouth are at the same level of very bad. Xiomi, for selling cheap and making money out of you afterwords (if you want it or not). Or google that allready has your profile and does not need to take to much time with "small stuff" to analyse or take your data.

  • kogz

IamBALD, 04 May 2020If Xiaomi does this, imagine what Google is doing . But google tells you that is doing it, how is doing it and what is doing it. at least in EU users have access to even to the records of voice google assistant searchs.

But if xiaomi is getting info like that, its highly ilegal in the EU and its a nice chance and good timing to EU get some "spare change" from china to help finances.

  • karoko

IamBALD, 04 May 2020If Xiaomi does this, imagine what Google is doing . Nah.. Chinese companies are guilty of doing this all the time. that's the risk in buying chinese OEMs. i believe it's quite harmless for average consumers. You won't get hacked or whatever. they are selling your privacy to advertisers and also improve their devices in the future.

  • Matt

Anonymous, 02 May 2020Next victim for US sanctions.Doubt It

  • IamBALD

If Xiaomi does this, imagine what Google is doing .

  • Klyze

Always knew they collect too much data, its China after all, and i bet if PPL dig around their security APP something will be found, it has a ton of suspicious permissions.
that said i love xiaomi phones, and my mi 9t pro, but also love custom roms.

no miui for me