Nokia is under scrutiny after a Norwegian broadcaster NRK published a report claiming that Nokia phone is wrongfully transmitting information to a China-based service after it received a tip from an existing Nokia user.
The report published by Engadget further explains that the main in-question, Henrik Austad, reportedly discovered that his Nokia 7 is transmitting some kind of data to a Chinese server in an unencrypted format while he was monitoring the traffic transmitting through his phone.
He further added that the sensitive information that was shared with the Chinese server included his location, phone’s serial number, and SIM card number among other data and too in an unencrypted format. NRK discovered that the server had a domain name “vnet.cn” which in turn is managed by a state-owned telecom company in China called China Telecom. The matter is under scrutiny after Finland’s data protection ombudsman Reijo Aarnio took the mantle in his hand to investigate the matter trying to understand if the matter involved in data breaches or so.
Nokia has dissolved a few years ago when it failed to keep up with the ever-growing Android craze, however, a Finnish startup HMD Global signed Nokia that was acquired by Microsoft that allowed it to manufacture smartphones under Nokia brand for a tenure of ten years. In 2016, HMD Global’s Nokia launched its first smartphone and since, it has launched smartphones in a budget, mid-range, and flagship categories including full-fledged Android version, Android Go, and Android One devices.
When investigated, Nokia admitted to NRK that a few of Nokia 7 smartphones have been sending data to a Chinese server, however, the loophole was fixed in a January or February software update that has been rolled out for all Nokia smartphones. However, the Finnish giant added that although the data was transmitted, it didn’t carry any data related to the owner’s identification.
As of now, Aarnio added that he will investigate the matter ahead and will see if it violates any data breaches or at least GDPR legislation that was enforced last year. One of the first candidates to suffer due to GDPR was Google after it was fined a whopping $57 million as fine. Google, on the other hand, found itself in a new pothole after EU filed an antitrust complaint against its monopolistic approach similar to Apple.