There are a number of Chinese handset makers that have, since their entry, found great customer base in India. Xiaomi, as it seems, has been one of the leading ones among them. But not without its own fare share of controversies related to data privacy and hack.
It hasn't been long since the Indian Air Force asked its personnel not to buy smartphones manufactured by Xiaomi as they were a security threat. However, in view of all these problems, the company has confirmed that it will re-locate its Indian users' data to servers based outside China, and eventually reaching India in 2015.
"Since early 2014, we have been migrating our services and corresponding data for Indian users from our Beijing data centers to Amazon AWS data centers in Singapore and USA. Parts of this migration will be completed by the end of October, and all of it will be completed by the end of 2014," the official press release for the same says.
"In 2015, we plan to launch a local data center in India to serve the needs of (and store data for) our Indian users. These efforts help significantly improve the performance of our services and also provide some peace of mind for users in India, ensuring that we treat their data with utmost care and the highest privacy standards."
The company has even reminded everybody that it doesn't "collect any data associated with services such as Mi Cloud and Cloud Messaging until the user provides explicit consent by turning on the corresponding service(s)." And also that even after users have turned on these services, they can turn them off at any point of time.
Vice-President Hugo Barra also confirmed that the company will be "working with local data center providers to set up our service infrastructure. Once that has been completed, users in these markets will be much closer to their data and enjoy even faster speeds by connecting to local servers."
The new release also said Xiaomi uses high encryption and security standards to protect user data. The company claimed it encrypts data using AES-128 standard before storing.
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