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Submission + - Lumia phones leaking private data to Microsoft (www.hs.fi)

Albietta writes: According to the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat two independent sources inside Nokia has confirmed that the Nokia Lumia phones sends private information to Nokia and Microsoft servers around the world. At least location data, SMS-messages and browser identification is uploaded. The Nokia leadership has known about the privacy violation at least since 2011 when the Lumia phones were introduced.

In the spring 2013 after suspicions of leaks and during the negotaions for selling off the mobile phone branch to Microsoft, the Finnish state communications department sent an enquiry to Nokia regarding leaking of private data asking that Nokia assure that users private data is not leaked. Nokia did not want to/or could not provide an assurance due to the delicate business negotiations. After two more enquieries with narrower demands, Nokia assured that the phone, excluding third-party software such as the operating system, did not violate Finnish privacy laws.

Microsoft is apparently also following Lumia user accounts. On one occation a finnish parents Lumia account was closed without warning when the user uploaded pictures from the phone displaying the parents own kids playing naked on the beach at their summer cottage.

The Lumia leak has also become a big concern for the finnish political leadership that to a large extent uses Lumia phones.

Original article (in finnish) at URL provided.

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