- IMEI Number of your phone
- IMSI Number (through MI Cloud)
- Your contacts and their details
- Text Messages
Recently, a German security firm claimed that a popular Chinese Android Smartphone, the Star N9500, came pre-installed with a Trojan that could allow manufacturer to spy onto their users’ comprising their personal data and conversations without any restrictions and users knowledge.
In a blogpost, Hugo Barra from Xiaomi company denies all the spying allegations made by F-Secure and other security experts.
"MIUI does not secretly upload photos and text messages. MIUI requests public data from Xiaomi servers from time to time. These include data such as preset greeting messages (thousands of jokes, holiday greetings and poems) in the Messaging app and MIUI OTA update notifications, i.e. all non-personal data that does not infringe on user privacy." he said.Xiaomi's Mi Cloud Service is able to backup and manage users' personal information in the cloud, as well as can sync details with other devices.
Hugo announced that from today users' will be able to turn OFF Mi Cloud Service manually from the device settings after getting new device updates from the company.
"We have scheduled an OTA system update for today (Aug 10th) to implement this change. After the upgrade, new users or users who factory reset their devices can enable the service by visiting “Settings > Mi Cloud > Cloud Messaging” from their home screen or “Settings > Cloud Messaging” inside the Messaging app — these are also the places where users can turn off Cloud Messaging." he added.