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Germany will check Xiaomi smartphones for built-in censorship

The Federal Agency for Supervision of Cybersecurity of Germany (BSI) will conduct an examination of the smartphones of the Chinese company Xiaomi. About it reported Reuters news agency, citing information obtained from an employee of the German Ministry of the Interior.

Image: Dado Ruvic / Reuters

Image: Dado Ruvic / Reuters

The department does not cover what kind of examination is being carried out, but it is assumed that we are talking about built-in censoring tools. Recall that last week the Lithuanian cybersecurity service accused Xiaomi of using algorithms for detecting and censoring requests such as “free Tibet”, “long live the independence of Taiwan” and “the movement for democracy” in its smartphones.

Earlier this week, Xiaomi announced its intention to engage an independent expert to assess Lithuania’s claims about the presence of censoring algorithms in the company’s smartphones. Officials from the Chinese manufacturer have so far refrained from commenting on the expertise carried out by the German regulator.

Note that statistics from Strategy Analytics say that in the second quarter of this year, Xiaomi became the largest smartphone supplier in Europe for the first time, supplying a record 12.7 million devices to the region. The rapid growth in Xiaomi’s share of the European smartphone market began after another Chinese manufacturer, Huawei, was hit by US government sanctions.

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