German IT security watchdog: No evidence of censorship function in Xiaomi phones

Written by on January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s federal cybersecurity watchdog, the BSI, did not find any evidence of censorship functions in mobile phones manufactured by China’s Xiaomi Corp, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

Lithuania’s state cybersecurity body had said in September that Xiaomi phones had a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as “Free Tibet”, “Long live Taiwan independence” or “democracy movement”. The BSI started an examination following these accusations, which lasted several months.

“As a result, the BSI was unable to identify any anomalies that would require further investigation or other measures,” the BSI spokesperson said.

(Reporting by Andreas Rinke, writing by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Madeline Chambers)

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