Finnish authorities to investigate Nokia-branded phones sending data to China

Tech 22-3-2019 The Verge 12

The Finnish data protection watchdog has confirmed it’s investigating HMD Global’s Nokia-branded phones over reports they were found to be sending unencrypted data to a Chinese server. Details first emerged after a user, Henrik Austad, tipped off the Norwegian broadcaster NRK, who investigated the breach, Reuters reports.

NRK’s investigation revealed that the server being contacted was associated with the domain “vnet.cn,” which is linked to the state-owned telco China Telecom. The data was being sent in an unencrypted format by a Nokia 7 Plus, a phone first released in March last year.

Responding to the report, HMD Global — which manufactures Nokia-branded...

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