Xiaomi

Data breaches are the hot new thing in the tech town! Each day a new data infringement case is reported, and this time it’s Xiaomi to join the bandwagon.

It is reported that Xiaomi is sharing users’ data with third parties outside of India and it’s not doing it secretly. The Chinese company has mentioned the same in its rules and regulations saying that it will share users’ data with Xiaomi’s subsidiaries as well as third parties related to it.

Xiaomi’s privacy policy reads, “You hereby consent that we may process and disclose personal information to our affiliated companies (which are in the communications, social media, technology and cloud businesses), Third Party Service Providers (defined below) for the purposes stated in this Privacy Policy.

While Xiaomi is sharing users’ data with others, thus violating the Indian rules, it states that it doesn’t “sell” users’ data.

When a user called Robin Zaccheus filed an RTI, the Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology (MeitY) stated that it didn’t know of the data flow and that “data transfer to foreign third parties was of no concern to it.”

For the uninitiated, the Personal Data Protection Bill 2018 and the National eCommerce policy restricts the flow of data outside India and encourages localization of data centers.

As Xiaomi is openly going against Indian law, the incident has become a topic of concern as already a lot of companies are sharing data without the users knowing of it.

It’s essential for the Indian government to take crucial steps for the same and not just deem the issue as unimportant.

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