A little less than a week ago, Xiaomi officially announced the new flagship smartphone Mi Mix 4. As it became known, the manufacturer received instructions from the Chinese government department to remove the phone search function for this model.
The South China Morning Post reported that three days after the announcement, Xiaomi was instructed to get rid of the phone search function. The problem is that its implementation does not meet the new requirements for protecting user privacy, and Xiaomi does not have permission to implement it from the regulatory authorities. The manufacturer confirmed on the Weibo social network that the Mi Mix 4 will not have this feature, although during the announcement it was described in detail and was one of the pride of the company representatives.
The Mi Mix 4 model supports eSIM, so in the event of theft, the smartphone remains connected to the Internet, regardless of the efforts of intruders. The updated protection system, as an additional measure, in theory allows the user to establish a ban on the connection of any other SIM cards without additional permission. During the announcement on Tuesday, the head of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, separately noted that when developing the Mi Mix 4, the company paid special attention to the issue of privacy, it is one of the priorities for the manufacturer.
Chinese telecommunications companies and regulators have mixed feelings about eSIM technology. In some cases, virtual SIM cards are available to Chinese consumers without unnecessary problems, while in others their use turns out to be impossible, primarily in large cities. In addition, official Beijing is now pursuing a policy of strict regulation of the technological sphere, seeking to weaken the influence of the largest players. Antitrust measures are applied, as well as the imposition of strict rules regarding user privacy, data processing and cybersecurity.
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