Germany launches an investigation into the cybersecurity of certain Chinese mobile phones.
A spokesperson for the German Federal Office for Information Security confirmed the launch of the investigation to DPA newswire, according to the Tagesschau news portal.
The move comes after the Lithuanian Defense Ministry released a report earlier this week that found a dormant censorship setup that can be remotely activated in a model of Xiaomi phones sold in Europe. Vilnius now advises its citizens not to buy these phones and throw away those that have already been purchased.
According to the Lithuanian survey, Xiaomi mobile phones have the option of censoring terms such as “Long live Taiwan independence” or “Free Tibet”.
Xiaomi pushed back the report, saying its devices “do not censor communications to or from its users. Xiaomi never has and will never limit or block the personal behaviors of our smartphone users, such as searching, calling, browsing the web or using third-party communications software Xiaomi fully respects and protects the legal rights of all users.
The Lithuanian report analyzed Huawei P40 5G, Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G and OnePlus 8T 5G mobile phone models.
Relations between Lithuania and China are strained: China recalled its ambassador to Lithuania last month after Vilnius opted to strengthen diplomatic ties with Taiwan by setting up a representation on the island, which China claims to be its own .
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