Xiaomi on Monday released software updates for its three browser apps after being accused of collecting private data using Xiaomi’s phone and web browser apps. Xiaomi said in a blog post that users of the company’s three browser apps Xiaomi, Xiaomi’s Pro and Mint Browser sit back aggregate data collection when the update is turned on when incognito mode is turned on, and the software update was launched on Google Play.
“We believe that this capability, combined with the way we maintain aggregated data in an unrecognized manner, goes beyond any legal requirement and reflects our company’s commitment to user privacy.” The company said in a statement.
The software update was released after a Forbes report on Thursday suggested that the Chinese-based handset maker was collecting records of websites, apps and open files used by users.
The report quoted several security researchers as saying that when he used the Redmi Note 8 default Xiaomi browser, he “recorded all the websites he visited, including search engine queries”, and “every item subscribed to the feed on Xiaomi’s software.” Researcher Gabi Cirlig told Forbes that even when browsing in incognito or private mode, this tracking seems to occur.
The Redmi Note 8 is one of Xiaomi’s best-selling phones and was the world’s best-selling Android phone late last year.
In response to the report, Xiaomi last week defended his approach, saying it was “fully compliant with user privacy laws and regulations in the countries and regions in which we operate.” “