Nokia 7 Plus phones 'secretly transmitting users' private data to China'

Nokia 7 Plus phones 'secretly transmitting users' private data to China'

"Due to this mistake, these devices were erroneously trying to send device activation data to a third party server".

"Such data was never processed and no person could have been identified based on this data", HMD added, saying that the error was fixed in February and almost all devices had installed the update.

The handsets spaffed the data in clear text over the internet to a server behind the domain vnet.cn, which appears to be owned by China Telecom.

HMD Global, the company that took over the Nokia brand from Microsoft, is now being scrutinized by the Data Inspectorate of Finland.

HMD Global - the maker of the Nokia 7 plus was contacted and has owned up to the issue at hand, saying the issue affected only a "single batch" of phones.


In a report published earlier today, Norway's public broadcaster NRK claims to have found proof that certain Nokia smartphone have been transmitting unencrypted user information to China. Collected data included the phone's Global Positioning System coordinates, network information, phone serial number, and SIM card number. Upon further inspection, it was revealed that the code on the Nokia 7 Plus is pretty standard for phones sold in China. Similarly, simply turning on the display or unlocking the device would trigger the same process.

"We can confirm that no personally identifiable information has been shared with any third party", HMD told Reuters. Finland's ombudsman Reijo Aarnio told Reuters he would investigate whether the breaches involved "personal information and if there has been a legal justification for this". The Finnish company also claimed that the phones did not send any sensitive information that could identify owners.

Nokia, which receives royalties from HMD but has no direct investment in the firm, declined to comment.

HMD also states, "this has now been fixed and nearly any device affected by this error has now installed the update".

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