German IT security watchdog: No evidence of censorship function in Xiaomi phones

Xiaomi logo is seen next to a smartphone of the same brand in this illustration taken September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

BERLIN, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Germany's federal cybersecurity watchdog, the BSI, did not find any evidence of censorship functions in mobile phones manufactured by China's Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK), a spokesperson said on Thursday.

Lithuania's state cybersecurity body had said in September that Xiaomi phones had a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as "Free Tibet", "Long live Taiwan independence" or "democracy movement". The BSI started an examination following these accusations, which lasted several months. read more

"As a result, the BSI was unable to identify any anomalies that would require further investigation or other measures," the BSI spokesperson said.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke, writing by Kirsti Knolle Editing by Madeline Chambers

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