Germany acquits Xiaomi of Lithuania’s censorship claims

Germany’s federal cybersecurity watchdog has exonerated Xiaomi off claims it embedded censorship functions its phones.

The BSI, Germany’s cyber security watchdog, did not find any evidence of censorship functions in mobile phones manufactured by China’s Xiaomi Corp, Reuters reports.

Lithuania’s state cybersecurity body had said in September that Xiaomi phones had a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as “Free Tibet”, “Long live Taiwan independence” or “democracy movement”.

The BSI started an examination following these accusations, which lasted several months.

A BSI spokesperson said “the BSI was unable to identify any anomalies that would require further investigation or other measures.”