(The Hosting News) – Taiwan authorities have accused tech companies Apple and Xiaomi of violating local privacy laws due to claims of devices sending back data to company servers.
Last week Taiwan’s National Communications Commission, a statutory agency that regulates the country’s communications, announced that they found as many as 12 different smartphones to have violated their privacy laws, reports Reuters.
The allegations first began in August when the NCC discovered that Xiaomi had used its smartphones to unknowingly collect data on its users. Shortly after claims that Apple had done the same surfaces, reported ModernReaders.
“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,” said NCC spokesman Yu Hsiao-cheng to the Wall Street Journal.
Yu added that the Taiwan government will be asking the handset makers to adjust their devices to coordinate with laws. If they refuse then they could face fines up to $200 million or have their devices banned permanently in the country.
Other tech companies said to violate the countries laws include Samsung, HTC, and Sony