Xiaomi MIUI 12 "FLARE" "BARBED WIRE" "MASK SYSTEM OAID": protect user data rights, reject "rogue behavior" of Android app

By Robot RO 2020-05-12

On April 27, the MIUI 12 was highly praised as soon as it was launched. In addition to the overall newly designed animation effect, MIUI12's privacy protection strategy also received great attention. Its "FLARE" "BARBED WIRE" "MASK SYSTEM OAID", defends user data rights with extremely strict privacy standards.

Xiaomi MIUI 12 "FLARE" "BARBED WIRE" "MASK SYSTEM OAID": protect user data rights, reject "rogue behavior" of Android app

FLARE of Xiaomi MIUI 12

FLARE of Xiaomi MIUI 12

Illuminates all apps’ secret things in the background. MIUI 12 can record the application behavior, you can view all permissions of the APP at any time to request actions, and sensitive permissions will be highlighted and reminded.
This function can let us see exactly what the application is doing in the background, and see which permissions have been used, how many times, and it started automatically, reads the address book, reads the location information...



MIU12 interceptor function, giving users more choices and decision-making power on App. After opening, all high-risk behaviors of applications will be directly prohibited. When an application is found to have unauthorized private data acquisition behavior, the authorization of relevant permissions can be turned off as soon as possible to protect the security of private data. In addition, when users are sharing photos, they can also choose to erase sensitive information such as shooting location, share life but not share privacy

Mask System of Xiaomi MIUI 12

Mask System of Xiaomi MIUI 12

It can be set through "Settings-Privacy Protection-Management-Special Application Permissions-Virtual ID Management".
This Mask System is called OAID (Anonymous Device Identifier) accurately. Its role is to use a virtual ID to replace the IMEI used to become the device identification.

Each mobile phone has a unique IMEI code, which is similar to our ID card. If the IMEI code is obtained by applications and advertisers, they can associate the behavior with specific users based on this device identification code, and push ads more accurately.

The content and products mentioned by you and your friends in the chat application, the shopping site will immediately recommend related products and topics. Get all your privacy without your knowledge: chat history, speech, access history, etc. ~

On MIUI 12, the third-party apps are forbidden to obtain the IMEI of the device by default, and it will return a null value to the application trying to obtain the IMEI by default. Or use OAID to generate a virtual ID instead of IMEI.

The rogue behavior of APP includes:

Private collection of personal information: That is, the APP does not clearly inform the purpose, method and scope of the collection and use of personal information and collect user personal information before obtaining user consent.
Collect personal information beyond the scope: APP collects personal information, which is not necessary for the service or there is no reasonable application scenario, and collects personal information beyond the scope or frequency, such as address book, location, ID card, face, etc.
Privately share information to third-party users: that is, the APP shares with other applications and uses user personal information without user consent, such as device identification information, product browsing records, search usage habits, and frequently used software application lists.
Force users to use the directed push function: That is, the APP does not inform the user, or is not marked in a prominent way, the collected user search, browsing history, usage habits and other personal information are used for targeted push or precision marketing, and no Functional options.
Don't give permission and don't use it: That is, when the APP is installed and running, it asks the user for the permission that is not related to the current service scenario. After the user refuses to authorize, the application exits or closes.
Frequent application for permission: That is, after the user explicitly rejects the permission application, the APP frequently applies to open the address book, positioning, SMS, recording, camera and other permissions that are not related to the current service scenario and harass the user.
Excessive request for permission: that is, when the user does not use related functions or services, the APP applies in advance to open the address book, positioning, SMS, recording, camera and other permissions, or exceeds its business functions or services, to apply for address book, positioning, SMS, recording , Camera and other permissions.

Set up barriers for user account cancellation: That is, APP does not provide account cancellation services to users, or sets unreasonable obstacles for logout services.

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Xiaomi MIUI12 Main New Features

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