Facing privacy concerns, Xiaomi migrating user data to international servers from China

While there was a major scare suggesting that Xiaomi is supplying data to China, the company has decided to migrate international user data.


Hugo Barra, VP of Xiaomi, revealed that Xiaomi is migrating international user data outside of China. As such, data belonging to users outside China would be moved to Amazon servers in the United States and data centres in Singapore in a phased manner. This comes as part of the company’s radical expansion strategy, which recently came under fire for privacy concerns.

As part of the migration process, the shopping data of users will be moved out first on priority and is expected to be completed by the end of the month. After that, user profiles, text messages and other services would be completed by the end of the year. The company also plans to employ local servers in every country, especially in places where Amazon AWS services are unavailable.

Commenting about the migration, Hugo Barra, VP, Xiaomi Global, said, “This migration process will be completed by the end of October and will benefit users in all of our international markets — Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan.  Users are already experiencing website speed boosts of at least 30% in markets such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and as much as 200% in India.”