Telecommunications has become a new arena for many military, economic, digital, and political forces. With the rise of smartphones and the rise of power like China, more and more consumers are becoming concerned about the information they have.
The last company to get involved in a network that has surprised many users to become Samsung, directly through another automated app on the One UI, user interface.
The origin of the problem
Three days ago, a user explained to one of Reddit's most relevant agencies, that he had discovered that his Samsung phone was sending information to Chinese servers when a particular application was being used.
The request was there Device Care, a collection of devices that allow the cell phone to be in good condition, to handle files we have battery, etc.
In particular, there was work for this app that was developed by 360 Qihoo, a Chinese company that has had more than one reputation problem given its occasional use in requests made by them and data obtained by them.
Alarm not confirmed
The founder of Reddit thread himself confirmed that even though he made sure the information was sent to Chinese servers from his cellphone, he had no way of knowing what kind of information they had.
Beyond that, the rage of many users has been on the rise, especially in the United States, where public opinion has affected China as a current problem, largely because of the president's controversial statements about companies like Huawei.
Samsung explains what happened
Two days after the publication of Reddit's comments, The Verge was able to speak with Samsung officials, who explained what the "information packs" were sent to China.
Samsung confirmed that there was some data sent to China, but that this was small data, such as version number of operating system, phone model, storage capacity, etc.
Part of the users' concern comes because Street Care analyzes the files to find out what trash can and can be removed, but Samsung made it clear that these tasks were performed on the forum, without sending details to the cloud.
It is true that Samsung could have chosen another company to do this kind of service, but today we do not have any data to indicate that it is possible to spy on Samsung users using this method.
We've contacted Samsung Spain to first know the company's position on this issue, and we will update the article as soon as we have the answers.