It's been nine years since Xiaomi came into the field smartphone and gain the trust of users, first in China and then in many other countries. In fact, in a short period of time, it managed to become one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, while it holds the largest market share in India the last four years.
Unfortunately, according to the latest developments, it seems that the successful company is collecting private data of its users, without them knowing it.
Data collection from Xiaomi browsers
According to what security researcher Cirlig discovered in Forbes, its default browser Xiaomi, Mi Browser, Mi Browser Pro and Mint collect and send user data such as Google searches, web history and Google News, in server located in Russia and Singapore. The researcher noted that data collection continues even under anonymous browsing.
Further research revealed that Xiaomi is also monitoring its users' habits regarding Appliances their.
What did the company answer?
Η Xiaomi, in a statement after the release of the news, said that the data collection is done collectively and anonymously and that it is used only by the company itself for internal evaluations. However, Cirlig argues that if certain data are combined, it is easy to discover a user's identity and even posted a video of what he has discovered.
The company, for its part, has released new updates that allow users disable the collection of aggregate data.
Xiaomi's browsers are very popular, as they have over 20 million downloads, while they are installed on the company's devices by default. And although this new feature has been released, it only applies to anonymous browsing. This practically means that the data of those who use the normal search is still being collected.
Also, the ability to disable the collection of aggregate data is disabled by default, which means that anyone who is not aware of it will not even be aware of its existence.
For the above reasons, it is best not to use Xiaomi's browsers.
How to remove browsers from your device?
You can uninstall a system application, such as Xiaomi browsers, using them hidden settings for MIUI.
Alternatively, you can uninstall the application using its ADB Android, but it can be a little difficult. This way, you can also uninstall other pre-installed apps on your Xiaomi device.