Things were a lot simpler when Nokia just created Windows Phones
SMARTPHONE ALL CHINESE Brands sometimes go into hot water to send data to mysterious servers in mainland China, but they have at least some degree of plausible denial against anything more unfortunate. For HMD Global and its Nokia phones, it's a bit harder to explain because the data seems to be on a 3,700-kilometer detour from Finland to China.
The report comes from the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, who was informed of the secret data released by Henrik Austad: a man who discovered that his Nokia 7 sent unencrypted data to "vnet.nc", which seems to be managed by the public company China Telecom.
Is it bad? Yes, and especially for HMD Global. Although the information gathered – places such as the location of the user, the SIM card number and the serial number of the device – can not be used to identify a user, it will Is still a big GDPR no no. Earlier this year, Google was fined 50 million euros for use of dubious data in France, and it seems that HMD Global is about to suffer a blow similar and painful. The country's ombudsman for data protection investigates.
For its part, HMD Global indicates that the problem was isolated to a lot of Nokia 7 handsets, which were designed only to be sold in China. In any case, the phone does not send more data to China. In February, a software update corrected what HMD Global describes as a "software packaging error". Almost all affected devices are now installed.
A more important question is why the phone was sending data in the first place. Is this a requirement for phones sold in the Chinese market? NRK has asked several times, but HMD Global has not provided an answer. Hmmm. μ