"F-secure, a leading security solution company, recently carried out a test of Xiaomi Redmi 1s, the company's budget smartphone, and found that the phone was forwarding carrier name, phone number, IMEI (the device identifier) plus numbers from address book and text messages back to Beijing," says an advisory issued by the Air Force to its personnel.
The advisory, issued few weeks ago, has been prepared by the intelligence unit based on the inputs from Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), according to Air Force sources.
Emails were sent by the Press Trust of India to the company for its response on this development but those remained unanswered.
However, in a general statement two days ago, the company had said it is fully committed to storing its users' data securely at all times. It also said that it is migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations.
The company also said that this migration process will be completed by the end of October and will benefit users in all of its international markets which include Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Meanwhile, the Taiwanese government is also currently investigating whether Xiaomi Inc is a cybersecurity threat due to privacy issues.