A recent Indian Express report claimed that Indian Air Force (IAF) has issued an advisory against using Xiaomi s smartphones on account of spying on users data. Today, IAF has clarified with the Indian Express saying that the advisory was actually four to five months old. Rather than putting this entire issue to rest however, it throws up many more questions. Also Read - Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 ‘coming soon’ to Amazon India; landing page goes liveAlso Read - Realme tipped to launch 100W+ fast charging tech in July, can charge 1/3 of 4,000mAh battery in 3 mins
In order to clarify this issue about the advisory, an officer in the Western Command told the publication, The advisory itself is about four months old. The strange thing is that it has now been pulled out by the media. This means that the advisory was issued before Xiaomi entered India in July. It thus raises the question as to why would IAF issue an advisory singling out a company which was not present in India in the first place. Also Read - Xiaomi shares details about ‘Lite Mode’ in MIUI 12; Here is how to get started
He further added, IAF doesn t keep track of the smartphone market and neither does it recommend any particular brand or handset to its personnel. The advisory did not mention anything on banning the use of Chinese smartphones at all. It was more like a cautionary note as the handset was tracking user s location and was sending the information to servers based in Beijing. This entire conclusion was based on reports from other sources. The advisory is nothing serious.
This is equally questionable since the reports from other sources is actually a F-Secure report, which was posted in July after Xiaomi started selling the smartphone in India. This again raises a question as to how was IAF able to cite a report, which hadn t been published yet.
The report in question alleged that Xiaomi was sharing user data with its servers in China. Xiaomi not only categorically denied any wrongdoing, but also released a software patch, which gave users the option to enable or disable Xiaomi s iMessage-like MIUI cloud messaging service. Furthermore, Xiaomi recently announced that it is migrating its servers out of Beijing, which will not improve service performance, but also strengthen privacy.
While the officer has revealed that no new notification has been issued by IAF recently regarding the use of Xiaomi smartphones, the issue is far from being resolved.