Date
18 November 2017
Xiaimi has boosted the security features related to an instant messaging tool, in a bid to protect people's privacy. Photo: Bloomberg
Xiaimi has boosted the security features related to an instant messaging tool, in a bid to protect people's privacy. Photo: Bloomberg

Xiaomi upgrades SMS system to address privacy concerns

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc has released an upgraded Over-the-Air Technology (OTA) package that will make it safer for people to send free online text messages.

The move came after Taiwan media reported that a Xiaomi product, the RedMi 1S, had silently sent out users’ details to a remote server when people sent short messages.

F-secure, an information security solutions provider, was said to have been the source of the allegations.

Xiaomi, in a statement posted on its Facebook page Sunday, said it has upgraded RedMi, which enables free SMS services by circumventing telecom companies’ SMS gateway.

The upgraded system has an additional encryption function that protects the private information of users, such as their phone numbers, it said.

Xiaomi apologized to users for previous troubles caused by its product, and also thanked the media for bringing the problem to its notice.

A RedMi budget phone, which was released by Xiaomi in July 2013 for mainland buyers, hit the Taiwanese market in December last year.

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