Xiaomi migrating Indian data to comply with storage laws

Xiaomi migrating Indian data to comply with storage laws

Xiaomi has begun the process of transferring Indian customer data to cloud servers housed within the country.

The Chinese device manufacturer confirmed that user data generated across all of its services available in India will be migrated onto domestic Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure infrastructure by year-end. This includes data related to its e-commerce platform.

Data generated since 1st July this year is already being stored locally, while Xiaomi’s backlog of Indian user data will be transferred from AWS servers located in Singapore and the US, with the process expected to complete by the middle of September.

Xiaomi India MD Manu Jain said: “We are taking one more step towards user data security and privacy by bringing our cloud services to India for all local data needs. With the data stored locally and encrypted end to end, users will be able to enjoy greater access speeds.”

The move was prompted following stipulations made in India’s new data protection law, which is currently being finalised by the government, that call for all data generated within India to be stored locally. This requirement will also be extended to the e-commerce and digital payments industries.

Xiaomi will be keen to comply as India becomes increasingly important to its bottom line. Q2 2018 was the vendor’s best ever in India, with 9.9 million devices sold - a 106% year-on-year increase in shipments, according to Canalys. This brings it level with Samsung, which sold the same number of handsets over the quarter.

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