According to a new study, the Chinese smartphone manufacturers Xiaomi, OnePlus and Realme collect masses of data. Read here what exactly that means.
The University of Edinburgh and Trinity College Dublin have published a study on the data collected by Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi, OnePlus and Realme. The result is sobering.
The devices send a lot of sensitive data to the manufacturers and network operators. This includes GPS information, call history, camera data and app usage information.
Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo: Smartphones collect data via pre-installed apps
In the study, a cautious user was simulated who deactivated all analyses, personalized advertising and the like. In addition, no accounts were logged into.
The fact that so much information can still be collected is mainly due to the preinstalled apps. By default, these have deep permissions without the user ever agreeing to them or being informed about them. A ray of hope for German users is that these problems mainly occur with devices for the Chinese market. The smartphones for the global market collect significantly less data.
This information is of particular interest to those who want to import a smartphone from the manufacturers mentioned directly from China at a lower price. This should be an option, especially for those interested in OnePlus and Oppo devices, as there is currently a sales ban for these manufacturers in Germany due to a patent dispute.