According to a recent announcement by Taiwan’s National Communications Commission, none of the 12 companies investigated regarding the transmission of personal data breached local privacy laws. For those of you that didn’t already know, the NCC’s probe began in September as an audit of the Chinese company, Xiaomi over concerns that the firm’s products sent user data back to servers located in mainland China according to Reuters. At this point, 11 smartphone manufacturers including Apple and Samsung were added to the investigation earlier this month.

Previously, Xiaomi made headlines after the company’s Redmi Note handset was found to send private data such as messages and photos to Chinese servers without any permission to do so. At first the allegations were limited to Xiaomi but later they extended to other products and services thought to be in violation of Taiwan’s Personal Information Protection Act. According to NCC vice chairman, Hsiao-Cheng Yu:

The key issue is that companies have to tell consumers if they are collecting their personal data or transferring it elsewhere. Our law is quite strict.
The probe ended up including Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei, ZTE, HTC, Asustek Computer, Far EasTone Telecommunications, Taiwan Mobile, and InFocus. Although no one was found in violation of anything, the government body is planning to request increased security safeguards from smartphone manufacturers - a move which bodes well for consumers!

Source: Reuters via AppleInsider