Xiaomi announced it’s moving data from international users to servers hosted outside its home country of China.
Though the move will be seen as being a nod to privacy concerns, Xiaomi vice-president Hugo Barra said that the move will help improve services to its international users after reports of delays and service failures.
Goodbye China, hello international data servers
Xiaomi will migrate its global e-commerce platform data to centres in California and Singapore by the end of October, also moving other service and data related to its MIUI interface from Beijing to Oregon and Singapore. Data centres in India and Brazil will also be involved starting next year.
Barra said that maintaining privacy and meeting local data protection regulations was a high priority for the company as it expands into new markets over the next few years.
Data from Xiaomi phones apparently are sent to Beijing, claimed a user as well as Finnish computer security firm F-Secure. Barra’s response was that the data was not being used in insidious manners but were merely functional – as in for services like theme downloads though Xiaomi did fix its cloud messaging so data would be encrypted.
Xiaomi has managed in a startlingly short time to become a major player in the smartphone space so it makes sense it would try to keep its growing international customer base happy. At least customers now will be slightly less wary about ordering a Xiaomi phone though we're not quite letting them off the hook yet for their flash sales gimmicks.