- The policy explicitly mentions Cheetah Mobile, Tencent, and others.
- The policy also includes information regarding a new Grievance Officer responsible for handling privacy concerns in India.
When the Indian Government announced a ban on 50+ Chinese applications and games in India, a few common names included TikTok, PUBG Mobile, UC Browser, and all applications from Cheetah Mobile, including the infamous Clean Master. Clean Master from Cheetah Mobile was a pre-installed app on smartphones from leading smartphone brands in the country like Xiaomi, Redmi, Poco, Realme, and Oppo. This meant that if you purchased a smartphone from any of these brands, Clean Master, which is technically a banned app would be present on your phone even if you did not install it manually.
Xiaomi clearly mentions that some personal information is collected from the user which is necessary for some functions or services to work. The data being collected is only relevant to the service provided to you and you have an option to opt-out of it. However, if you choose to opt-out and not share your data, you may no longer be able to use relevant services/products or even get support from the company. The information collected can either be data that is entered directly by the user, or device-related info like IMEI number, network provider, location information, IP addresses, or even data from third-party apps if you have granted permissions. The collected data is stored on Xiaomi’s servers that at the moment are located in China, India, the US, Germany, Russia, and Singapore.
Needless to say, India needs stricter laws and data protection acts like GDPR so that consumers have more clarity about what sort of information or data of theirs is being collected and to make sure that their data is not being used for malicious reasons.