Shortly after reports as a mobile team from Nokia 7 Plus sent ownership data to a Chinese server, HMD Global responded with an official statement. Indicates that there was a mistake about activating the owner of those mobiles. We have installed the wrong software in that batch
We can confirm that personal data has not been shared with third parties. We have analyzed the case and found that enabling a client device for another country was incorrectly included in the package package for single batches of Nokia 7 Plus. Because of this error, these devices have attempted to send device activation data to a third-party server. However, these data were never processed and no one could be identified from this data. This error has already been identified and established in February 2019 and identifies the customer in the right country. All affected units have been repaired and almost all devices have already installed it.
Collection of device activation data when the phone is used for the first time is an industry practice. Allows manufacturers to activate the phone warranty. HMD Global takes full account of consumer safety and integrity
To further clarify things, HMD Global has provided an infographic that explains what data it collects uses.
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