Xiaomi probably builds good and inexpensive smartphones. The devices are generously supplied with CustomROMs by LinageOS & Co.
What the government of the People’s Republic of China thinks of privacy and data protection should be generally known. The citizen is massively monitored, conditioned and fought.
In 2014, it was announced that Xiaomi smartphones will send data (photos, text messages, e-mails) to “certain” servers as long as they are connected via Wi-Fi. Even rooting or installing custom ROMs did not stop the transfer because the spyware code was deeply anchored in the system by the manufacturer. Xiaomi confirmed the data transfers.
a Taiwanese internet media has uncovered that the RedMi Note is actually sending data back to a server hosted in China behind the scenes.
What surprises the tester is that even if you root the phone and flash it with another firmware, the background transmission continues. It seems that the process is hard coded into the phone.
What does it look like five years later? Are Xiaomi smartphones trustworthy in terms of privacy and data protection?