外文标题：Xiaomi moves some users’ data out of Beijing
BEIJING: Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Thursday said it is migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations.
Data belonging to the privately owned company’s non-Chinese users will be moved in several phases to Amazon servers in the United States and data centres in Singapore, Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra said in a Wednesday blog post on Google Plus.
The migration matches in reverse Apple’s move earlier this year to store Chinese user data with China Telecom, the first time the iPhone maker has kept user data on the Chinese mainland.
User privacy remains a key issue for Xiaomi as it eyes overseas expansion, having risen in the three years since it was founded to become the top smartphone vendor in China, according to industry analysts. It has already faced several privacy controversies, including accusations from international security researchers and a government agency in Taiwan that it funnels unauthorized user data back to its servers in Beijing.
Apart from privacy, Barra also said the moving data to overseas servers has significantly boosted speed in markets such as Singapore, India and Malaysia. Xiaomi is targeting India and Brazil as its next big markets.
Technology companies typically keep data centres physically close to their user base to maximize service speeds, but the question of where to situate them has sometimes been politically wrought. Companies such as Google, for instance, have chosen to store user data off mainland Chinese soil over concerns about privacy and the need to comply with Chinese censorship laws.
stop using Chinese phones…
Pramod MB (Bangalore)
does that mean if somebody buys a chinese phone, then the chinese govt has access to the user’s data ?
IAF has issued a potential data security threat with this phone.
Xiaomi is cheap and best phone…. but news coning in from various sources that there is a security threat using xiaomi devices that’s why indian army warned its officials to use xiaomi devices…
Aritra Nag (KOLKATA)
interesting move my xiaomi
no data is safe googal is the biggest thief followed by these chinese companies
The privacy of data on Internet, no matter is protected by passwoed or not, is meaningless. As Google CEO said, anything on the internet has has no privacy any more.
Sankar Km (Santa Clara, CA, USA)
The are expert hackers of passwords and data, wherever stored. So, it does not really matter if the data is moved to the Amazon servers located in the USA or to servers in Timbuctoo.
Unfortunately, we are just becoming market for all the global products!