Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, Xiaomi under fire over privacy concerns

Amid the ongoing border tensions between China and India, the Indian government banned 220 Chinese apps last year citing security concerns. Now, the Indian Government is targeting Chinese smartphone brands. The government has reportedly sent notices to Chinese smartphone giants seeking seeking details on the data and components used in their phones.

The companies in question are
These 4 brands together account for more than 50% of the Indian smartphone market.

Ever since the Indian government’s retaliation against Chinese apps last year, Chinese smartphone brands marketed their ‘make in Inida’ quite aggressively, increasing the local production and investments.

The investigation is to find out if the smartphones sold by these Chinese smartphone brands are safe for Indian consumers. After the initial query of details on the data and components, the Indian government is expected to send another notice which will require testing of these smartphones.

The new notices are expected to be part of a larger crackdown against Chinese companies in India. It also could be in line with the government’s investigation into components used by Chinese telecom companies such as Huawei and ZTE. Not just hardware but software details, especially pre-installed apps on Chinese smartphones may also come under scrutiny, the report added.