In Xiaomi’s default browsers, Xiaomi monitored and registered an incredible amount of private data, from the user’s phone habits to queries.
Xiaomi tracks all search queries and things displayed on its default browser (Mi Browser Pro) as well as on the Mint browser, according to a cybersecurity researcher, Cirlig. The monitoring applies even to mode Incognito.
The researcher was able to confirm the same pattern on other Xiaomi phones, including Mi 10, Redmi K20, and Mi MIX 3.
Xiaomi, in response, confirmed that it collects browsing data. However, the company says the data sent is anonymized, and users have consented to the data tracking. Meanwhile, it denied claims of information being monitored in Incognito mode.
The researcher, however, was able to prove that Xiaomi is recording Incognito mode data as well. In a video, he showcases how the information of him visiting a porn website in incognito mode is being sent to the servers. When shown with proof, Xiaomi said, “collection of anonymous browsing data, is one of the most common solutions adopted by internet companies.”
Is it anonymous?
When the information tracked in browsers is compiled with phone’s “metadata” collected by Xiaomi, Cirlig says the company can quickly identify a single person.