Citizens have been asked not to use their Chinese smartphones and not to buy new ones. The call was made by the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.
China-made smartphones with 5G technology were tested by the National Cyber Security Center in Lithuania. The report claims that a Xiaomi phone has censorship tools installed, while a Huawei model had security problems. “Our recommendation is not to buy new Chinese phones and remove those you bought as soon as possible,” said Defense Ministry spokeswoman Margiris Abukevicius.
Meanwhile, companies have reacted after these claims. Huawei said none of the user data was extracted from the system, and Xiaomi also denied allegations of censorship of communications. Xiaomi has said that “it complies with the European Union Data Protection Regulation”.
According to the report, expressions that could potentially be censored by Xiaomi include “Free Tibet”, “Long live Tibet’s independence” and “Movement for Democracy”.
China last month demanded that Lithuania withdraw its ambassador to Beijing and said it would send back its envoy to Vilnius after Taiwan introduced its mission in Lithuania, which will be called the Taiwan Representative Office.