China’s Xiaomi said that its equipment do not censor users’ communications, a working day after Lithuania’s Defence Ministry advised that people avoid Chinese phones thanks to a censoring feature in the smartphone giant’s flagship cell phone.
The censoring ability in Xiaomi’s Mi 10T 5G cell phone software package has been turned off for the “European Union region” but can be turned on remotely at any time, the Nationwide Cyber Stability Centre said in a report.
In a statement sent to Reuters, Xiaomi spokesman said its unit “does not censor communications to or from its buyers”.
“Xiaomi has by no means and will by no means restrict or block any particular behaviours of our smartphone buyers, these as seeking, calling, website searching or the use of 3rd-bash communication software package,” the statement said.
“Xiaomi thoroughly respects and shields the legal rights of all buyers,” it extra.
The Nationwide Cyber Centre’s report also said the Xiaomi cell phone was sending encrypted cell phone use knowledge to a server in Singapore, which could be towards European knowledge regulations.
The Xiaomi spokesman said: “Xiaomi complies with the European Union’s Standard Facts Safety Regulation.”
Deputy Defence Minister Margiris Abukevicius advised Reuters the ministry shared its report with cyber security officials from other European Union nations and the United States on Wednesday.
In accordance to the report, the terms most likely matter to censorship by the Xiaomi phone’s process apps, these as the default internet browser, incorporate “Absolutely free Tibet”, “Extended are living Taiwan independence” and “democracy movement”.
China demanded past thirty day period that Lithuania withdraw its ambassador in Beijing and said it would remember its envoy to Vilnius after Taiwan declared that its mission in Lithuania would be known as the Taiwanese Representative Office.
Taiwanese missions in Europe and the United States use the identify of the metropolis Taipei, averting a reference to the island by itself, which China claims as its have territory.
US President Joe Biden’s nationwide security adviser Jake Sullivan past week pressured assistance to Lithuania’s primary minister Ingrida Simonyte in the facial area of pressure from China.