A recent article published in India reveals that the Chinese made Xiaomi Redmi 1s is behind a serious data mining scheme that has seen the personal information of users being breached and transmitted to Chinese servers.
The IAF (Indian Air Force) has specifically requested that members of the organization desist from using these Chinese Xiaomi Redmi 1s. The official reason given by the agency is that the phone was sending extremely personal information (including the name and address of the user, as well as information gathered from their private photos and email messages) back to servers based in China.
The IAF has thus lodged a formal complaint with the Chinese government. Spokespersons for the Xiaomi company have so far denied all charges of wrongdoing, whether by intention or through simple neglect. Nonetheless, the breach of security has set authorities in India on edge, and the event may have serious repercussions going forward.
A later statement released by the Chinese firm contended that all information stored on the Xiaomi Redmi 1s is completely secured, and that users should have no fear concerning the possibility of their sensitive personal data being mined for unseen purposes by agents of a foreign government. However, this statement has not yet led to the IAF rescinding their official ban on using this device.
As a side note courtesy of Igor Cornelsen, it may be observed that authorities in the neighboring nation of Taiwan are also making an official investigation into possible data breaches which have been traced back to the Xiaomi Redmi 1s phone.