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Finland government would investigate Nokia smartphones after a data breach

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Finland’s data protection ombudsman said on Thursday that he would launch an investigation on Nokia-branded phones to confirm breaching of data rules. A report claimed that the phones sent information to China.

Finnish company HMD Global develops Nokia-branded mobile phones under license. HMD denied the claims by saying that no personal data is shared with a third-party. While they admitted the existence of a software glitch with a batch of handsets, it had been fixed.

NRK, a Norwegian public broadcaster, reported on Thursday that a data breach by the Nokia 7 Plus model built by HMD. It said that the company admitted that Nokia 7 Plus phones had sent data to Chinese servers. Nokia had denied commenting on this claim.

The public broadcaster was altered to the data breach issue after a Nokia-branded phone user claimed that his phone frequently contacted a particular server and sent unencrypted data packages. NRK said HMD had denied to respond or inform who owned the server.

HMD Global, on the other hand, completely falsified the statements by saying that “no personally identifiable information has been shared with any third-party”. It added that there had been an issue in the software packaging process in a batch of one device model.

Nokia was once a dominant mobile phone maker but struggled to be on par with the new smartphones. It later sold all its handset activities and currently focuses on telecom network equipment.