The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has found no trace of content censorship in smartphones from the popular Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi. This was told to journalists by a representative of the department.
Last September, Lithuania’s National CyberSecurity Center (NCSC) said that Xiaomi and Huawei smartphones can transmit information to Chinese authorities and also have built-in censorship mechanisms that detect and block phrases like “Liberate Tibet.” . Long live Taiwan independence or even the “democratic movement”.
At the end of the same month, it was reported that the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense advised citizens not to buy Xiaomi smartphones and get rid of the existing ones as soon as possible. In 2020, relations between Lithuania and the PRC predictably and rapidly deteriorated after a small European state announced the opening of a Taiwan mission in Lithuania dubbed “Taiwan Mission”. China does not recognize Taiwan’s independence, and most countries around the world prefer not to tighten ties without formalizing diplomatic ties with the island.
Xiaomi denied all allegations and promised to recruit independent experts to investigate the issue, but BSI launched its own investigation, believing the Lithuanian authorities’ explanation for this to be sufficient. The study of electronics took several months. “As a result, the BSI could not find any deviations that require further investigation or other measures.‘ said a spokesman.