German IT security watchdog reviews Xiaomi mobile phone

A smartphone with a Xiaomi logo is seen in front of an American flag in this illustration taken September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

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BERLIN, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Germany’s federal cybersecurity watchdog BSI is carrying out a technical examination of a cellphone made by China’s Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK), a senior official told Reuters on Wednesday. Interior Ministry spokesperson.

The spokesperson did not provide further details on the type of review conducted by the agency.

National cybersecurity body Lithanua said last week that Xiaomi phones have a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as “Free Tibet”, “Long live Taiwan independence” or “democratic movement”. Read more

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Xiaomi said on Monday it was hiring a third-party expert to assess Lithuania’s claims that its smartphones have built-in censorship capabilities. Read more

The company was not immediately available to comment on the German investigation.

Xiaomi became the top smartphone vendor in Europe for the first time in the second quarter of 2021, shipping a record 12.7 million units there, research firm Strategy Analytics said.

Along with other Chinese rivals on the Android operating system, Xiaomi has seen an increase in market share following the application of US sanctions against Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (HWT.UL), which crippled its smartphone division once dominant.

Germany has had security concerns over the use of technology from Chinese companies such as Huawei in its 5G network rollout after the United States called for a ban on the company, saying its equipment could be used to support Chinese state espionage.

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Reporting by Andreas Rinke and Nadine Schimroszik; Written by Riham Alkousaa; Editing by Thomas Escritt and Alex Richardson

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