Xiaomi India has confirmed its compliance with data localization requirements and also cleared that the MIUI Cleaner App has no relation to the banned Clean Master app.
Xiaomi India has conveyed that they are working on a new version of the MIUI application for its smartphone line-up and it will be published soon, which will remove all the Chinese apps that have already been blocked by the Government of India. Over the past few weeks, the Indian government has blocked multiple Chinese apps owned and developed by Chinese companies, over fears about user data privacy and security.
The banned apps include popular social media app TikTok, instant messaging app WeChat, as well as AliExpress, UCBrowser, and Shein, to name a few. Indian management of Xiaomi also confirms that all data of Indian users is stored on servers based in India, and no data is shared with anyone outside the geographical boundaries of India.
Xiaomi India told that “We want to clarify that none of the apps blocked by the Indian Government are available for access on any Xiaomi phones launched in India,” in an official statement. They also confirmed that they are developing an updated 12th version of MIUI for all Xiaomi phones sold in India which will not pre-install any apps that have been blocked by the Government of India. This update will be rolled out over the next few weeks to all phones in a phased manner.
Indian management of Xiaomi also confirms the data localization compliance which requires all data of Indian users to be saved and stored on servers within the geographical boundaries of India. “Even before it was mandated, we pioneered data localization for all Xiaomi India apps and users. Since 2018, 100% of data from Indian users are stored on servers located in India and none of this data is shared with anyone outside of India,” says the company.
Xiaomi has also addressed concerns that the MIUI Cleaner app is not in any way related to the Clean Master app which has been blocked in India by the government. Xiaomi says the MIUI cleaner app is only using definitions that are vital to the functioning of the app, and to eliminate the confusion, will be removing those definitions from the MIUI Cleaner app. Users can update the app on their smartphones, or the update will be rolled out as part of the next MIUI version as well.