A security researcher has discovered that Xiaomi, a phone manufacturer known for inexpensive smartphones with high-end specs, has been collecting user and device data even when the users have privacy settings on their device.
The collected data includes search engine queries and browsing history on its native browser app as well as data on what folders, settings, and screens a user swipes through on their device. The data collection seemed to be in place for many Xiaomi smartphones and, based on how the data is collected and packaged, it isn’t difficult to tie the collected data to specific users.
Xiaomi confirmed that some of the reported data collection was true but that it was doing so anonymously. However, they denied that the data collection was happening while users were in private mode (despite evidence showing otherwise.
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