German IT Authority Sees No Evidence of Spyware in Xiaomi Phones

Germany’s federal cybersecurity watchdog, the BSI, has concluded its Xiaomi investigation on Thursday after a warning from Lithuanian counterparts about censorship risk.

A spokesperson from the German IT security said they did not find any evidence of censorship functions in smartphones manufactured by China’s Xiaomi Corp.

“As a result, the BSI was unable to identify any anomalies that would require further investigation or other measures,” the BSI spokesperson said.

Lithuania’s state cybersecurity body reported in September that Xiaomi phones had a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as “Free Tibet,” “Long live Taiwan independence,” or “democracy movement.” 

The Lithuanian investigation found security risks with two of the three Chinese smartphones and warned its citizens to stop using smartphones from three manufacturers – Xiaomi, Huawei, and OnePlus.

The BSI started an examination following these accusations, which lasted several months.

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