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Smartphone makers under govt’s lens over security.

In India the market share of Mobiles is completely dominated by Chinese Companies like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and One Plus. And as per the cold war between India and China, the privacy of Indian Users is at risk from these companies to the  Chinese military.

So, The government is taking some steps and measures to ensure the safety and privacy of the users over strict surveillance on these companies. 

New Delhi:

 Smartphone companies (mostly Chinese) have come under the Indian government’s lens over users’ data security concerns. The government has sought the companies to outline the procedures and processes adopted by them to ensure the security and privacy of users’ data.

The move is likely to come as a result of the standoff between India and China over the Doklam as well as other growing issues overs Chinese IT and telecom products in the Indian market as per a report by HT.

“The ministry has given time till August 28 to all companies to furnish their responses,” a senior IT Ministry official said.

The official pointed to international and domestic reports about data leaks from mobile phones and said that in the first phase, devices and preloaded software and apps will be under scrutiny. 

According to the response from the companies, the ministry will initiate verification and audit of devices where required. It has also warned of the penalties under the provisions of IT Act, 43 (A) in cases stipulated processes are not being followed.

The official said the purpose of the taken step is to assure that required data security measures are being taken, related to hardware and software in the smartphone.

The IT ministry has written to 21 smartphone makers, the official said “Any device sold in the country should be compliant with global security standards. If companies fail to comply, further action will be taken,” he said on the condition of anonymity.IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had called a meeting of senior officials in the department, and representatives of Cert-In and others on August 14 to take stock of the situation, the official added.

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