Date
14 December 2017
Taiwanese authorities are taking at closer look at Xiaomi to determine if the Chinese firm poses any cyber security threat. Photo: Bloomberg
Taiwanese authorities are taking at closer look at Xiaomi to determine if the Chinese firm poses any cyber security threat. Photo: Bloomberg

Xiaomi under cyber security scrutiny in Taiwan

Taiwan is investigating whether Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi poses any cyber security threat, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Authorities will make a decision on the matter within three months, the report said, adding that it isn’t clear if the investigation could lead to any ban on Xiaomi handsets.

Some Xiaomi phones automatically send user data to the firm’s servers in Beijing, where the company is headquartered, potentially leading to security breaches, Taiwan was quoted as saying in a statement posted on a government website.

The statement added that popular Japanese instant messaging service Line, owned by South Korea’s Naver Corp, will be banned from use on government work-related computers, also due to security concerns.

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