China’s Xiaomi moves user data offshore, citing performance, privacy concerns
Non-Chinese user data shifted from Beijing servers to US, Singapore
Chinese budget smartphone vendor Xiaomi today revealed it is shifting some data from its Beijing-based servers to the US, citing performance and privacy concerns, Reuters reported.
The data to be moved is on non-Chinese users and will be moved to Amazon Inc servers in the US and data centres in Singapore, according to a Google Plus blog post by Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra.
Xiaomi has become China's top smartphone vendor in just three years of operations, but has faced accusations from security researchers over inappropriate use of private data.
Moving data offshore "better equips us to maintain high privacy standards and comply with local data protection regulations," Barra wrote in the blog post. "This is a very high priority for Xiaomi as we expand into new markets over the next few years."
Xiaomi's move is announced in the same week that China-based Web monitoring group Greatfire.org alleged Chinese government complicity in a hacking raid on Chinese Apple users' personal data. While the government strongly refutes the claims, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly put information security high on the agenda when meeting with Chinese officials in Beijing this week, according to state-sponsored media outlet Xinhua.