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Sony explains Chinese spying complaint

News by Luke Jones on Monday November 03, 2014.

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Sony has had some problems over the weekend as there have been question marks over the security and privacy on some of its Xperia smartphones. A Sony Xperia user found a folder for Chinese internet company Baidu on his device, and he learned that the "myXperia" app was pinging data to servers located in China.

This Baidu app has been thought of as spyware and even if it is not, it means the Xperia devices with this folder are in constant connection with servers in China. A PR disaster on the making then, which is why it is not surprising to see Sony come out quickly to explain the situation. The Japanese giant has cleared the issue and confirmed that it does not send data to Baidu, as Sony explains.

I've had some further feedback from the guys in our development team. I can confirm that Xperia phones don't store any user data for transmission to Baidu. The MyXperia app supports both Google Cloud Messaging service and the Baidu Push Notification framework, as do many third party apps, to make sure we can support our China customers as well as those in the rest of the world. Both get automatically initialised when you first activate MyXperia. The IP activity you are seeing is just linked to Baidu's push notification system, which is an expected behaviour for this application." - Rickard, Sony support

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