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Chinese smartphone makers served notice by Indian govt that’s on the lookout for spying tech

News of government inspections comes after snooping and data security risks in Chinese smartphones were brought to light recently.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) sent notices to OnePlus, Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo last week seeking details about their phones and components, The Morning Context has reported. The notices come after an ET report claimed that the government is considering mandating a teardown or in-depth testing of smartphones and installed apps to check for potential snooping of citizens. Such rules could mirror the government's requirements for telecom equipment, the ET report claimed. The security of Chinese smartphones has been in the spotlight recently after reports alleged that Xiaomi smartphones send data to Chinese service providers and have a built-in ability to censor certain phrases. How does the government prevent Chinese snooping in telecom equipment? In order to secure telecom equipment against the threat of snooping, the Indian government has put security requirements in place for telecom service providers: Trusted sources: The government passed a National Security Directive in December 2020 to prevent the use of Chinese tech in telecom equipment. To implement the directive, a list of trusted sources and trusted products is currently being collated. Telecom service providers will only be allowed to use components from trusted sources, which in turn would mean that their products would be marked 'trusted'. While new equipment will need to be approved by the government, existing tech does not need to be replaced immediately. The DoT amended the telecom license for this purpose in March. Telcos and vendors now have to register products on the portal through an authorised nodal…

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