This one comes compliments of the -- believe it or not -- Chinese company, Xiaomi.
At least one device from upstart Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has been found to transmit user data — including SMS messages and photos — back to servers in mainland China without the user's permission, according to reports from Hong Kong.
While testing Xiaomi's Redmi Note handset, Kenny Li of Hong Kong forum IMA Mobilediscovered that the device continued to make connections with IP addresses in Beijing even after switching off the company's iCloud-like MiCloud service. The transmissions occur only over Wi-Fi, though the device does stay in contact with the servers via small "handshakes" while using cellular data.
Li says that data transmission persists even after erasing and re-flashing the handset with a different Android ROM, suggesting that the functionality could be built in to the phone's firmware.Credit AppleInsider
The world is still waiting for Xiaomi to respond, as they have thus far been quiet on the issue.
It seems as though nearly every day, at every turn, there's more bad news for android. That every day there are new breaches of security, end user betrayal, and ethically bankrupt behavior from corporations that shouldn't have been trusted in the first place.
That being said, this may not be a big deal depending on what we hear from Xiamoi -- should they choose to respond. But the fact of the matter is that sensitive user data is being transmitted to mainland China servers without the permission of the end user.
Yet another reason to avoid android.