In September last year, the Lithuanian cybersecurity body said that Xiaomi’s Android phones had a built-in ability to detect and censor certain terms such as “Free Tiber”, “Long live Taiwan independence” and ” democratic movement”. Shortly after the report was published, Germany’s cybersecurity watchdog, BSI, began conducting a technical review of the top Xiaomi phones sold in the old continent.
The BSI review is now complete and the watchdog said it found no evidence of censorship features in Xiaomi phones. A BSI spokesperson told Reuters:
As a result, BSI was unable to identify any misstatements that would require further investigation or further action.
Welcoming the BSI findings, a Xiaomi spokesperson said in a statement:
Xiaomi is delighted that the results of the survey conducted by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) published yesterday confirm our commitment to operate transparently, responsibly and with the privacy and security of our customers as an absolute priority. We have been proven to adhere to all EU and national privacy and data security laws, as well as all applicable EU device standards.
In its report, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense had highlighted a total of 449 terms that Xiaomi could apparently censor using system apps on its phones, including the default internet browser app. Additionally, the report claimed that Xiaomi was transferring encrypted usage data from its phones to a server in Singapore.
Xiaomi is currently among the top smartphone brands in several European markets. According to data from Counterpont Research, the company held the No. 2 position in Europe during the third quarter of 2021, with a market share of 23.6%.