April 27, 2021

Luddite wants to know… is there any reason to worry about my 13yo connecting a Xiaomi phone to our network?

OK, so I know very little about all related subjects. I hope this is an appropriate place to post – if not I apologize and can move it if you guys could tell me where would be better. I didn’t want to post on the Xiaomi subreddit because I’m looking for unbiased info.

So my child is 13, loves tech and I don’t want to kill his impulse to experiment and explore. He managed to get a hold of a Xiaomi Redmi 10 and assures me it’s totally safe, but I’m seeing tons of articles out there talking about unauthorized data collection, secret backdoors and a DOD ban on doing business with Xiaomi.

I don’t want to tell the kid no, but I also don’t want to open the rest of the household up to any kind of compromise.

thanks for your input!



I def wouldn’t


Only way I would allow its usage is it if does not have any connection to MY home network.

Use it and play with it, with the assumption it is “compromised” – so do nothing on it that is sensitive


All phones do some kind of data authorization, because our data is what companies want to sell in order to sell us stuff. looking around a bit, the privacy issues don’t feel that much more egregious than Apple or Google/Android.

kids account might help stop both Android and Xiaomi from collecting more of his data [https://support.google.com/families/answer/7103338?hl=en](https://support.google.com/families/answer/7103338?hl=en)

if you’re really worried, there’s always installing a custom phone OS. i would be more worried about him oversharing on social media, or overusing his google account for random apps because everything can be linked back to that.

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