Is Samsung also sending information to Beijing authorities?
The owner of the popular Samsung Galaxy 10+ model noticed that the Samsung Device Care application is supported by the Chinese company Qihoo 360 dealing with cyber security.
Samsung spying on users for Beijing? This question was asked by the author of the entry published on Reddit, entitled "Chinese spyware installed on all Samsung devices". Nickname user kchaxcer in it he shared his doubts about the behavior of his phone. According to him Galaxy S10 + communicates with servers in China.
Application Device Care Samsung is supported in cooperation with China's largest cyber security company, Qihoo 360. When this fact came to light, some users felt worried. Samsung calmed down that the application "does not send any personal data to China".
Some of the fears stem from the fact that Qihoo 360 was accused in 2012 of helping Chinese authorities create the Great Firewall to censor the Chinese Internet. Hongyi Zhou, The company's CEO then denied. But despite this, many people still believe that Qihoo 360, being a Chinese company based in China, may be required to share all collected data with governmental authorities.
The Device Care application is an optimization tool that scans Samsung phones to include Check which applications are using the battery excessively or which files are using the most space. Because it is a system application, it is not easy to get rid of it.
It is not entirely clear what data could be sent to Qihoo servers. A Reddit user who has published a text full of doubts about the operation of Device Care, admitting that he is unable to check what data is being transmitted. He checked, however, that Device Care communicates with Chinese servers:
Commenters on the Reddit post split as usual into two camps. Some think it is understandable that Samsung and other Android phones need to communicate with different servers to receive updates. Others, and most of them are of the opinion that this action is unacceptable. There was even a detailed instruction showing step by step how to get rid of the program that sends data to Chinese servers.