Finnish Authorities Suspect Nokia Phones Cause Privacy Breach

Finnish Authorities Suspect Nokia Phones Cause Privacy Breach

Finland’s Data Protection Authorities have confirmed that they are launching an investigation on Nokia, on the grounds of leaking user information to China

In today’s day and age, where data is being touted as the ‘new oil’, regulatory authorities are on high alert to counter any unlawful data extraction practices. Huawei’s ouster from the US, has made world governments highly sensitive in dealing with Chinese companies. An unspecified number of Nokia mobile devices, were found sending information to an unnamed server, registered in China, prompting the Finnish data protection authorities to launch a full scale investigation into the matter.

A local Norwegian broadcast company brought the matter to the fore, as they claimed that they had evidence that some Nokia 7 plus handsets, were transmitting private user data to a China based server. HMD Global, the company which manufactures Nokia smartphones under a licensing deal, have confirmed the data breach, however they state that it has been caused by a software glitch in the smartphones. Meanwhile, Nokia have refused to comment on the matter.

Huawei, one of Nokia’s competitors in manufacturing cellular network infrastructure, is also faced with similar issues, as the US government have banned all their devices and infrastructure from the country, citing concerns of espionage and providing vital information to the Chinese government, an allegation that the company has repeatedly denied.

“We can confirm that no personally identifiable information has been shared with any third party, an error in software packaging process in a single batch of one device model” said the statement from HMD on March 21, 2019.  

Amidst growing privacy concerns, the world has been rocked by several data security breaches, at times by major tech companies. A number of manufacturers have come under the radar for immoral data mining. The masses are collectively calling for stricter online security norms, while asking authorities to ensure that such companies are kept under check.

Rina Vidyasagar

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