Rumors had been floating on the internet over the past week or two suggesting that Nokia had been sending personally identifiable data to a remote server based in China. After a ton of backlash, HMD Global has dismissed all the claims and has given an explanation of the issue.
Nokia said that all the murmur had to do with the fact that a single batch of Nokia 7 devices had been running Nokia’s Chinese-specific device activation client. This meant that some folks had their devices send device activation data to the remote servers but were never processed and that no person could be identified with the data send to those servers.
They further added that they had taken notice of the issue last month and had pushed a patch onto all Nokia 7 Plus devices to get rid from the Chinese device activation client. According to HMD Global, the update made its way to every single Nokia 7 Plus device and pretty much every Nokia 7 Plus has been patched of the issue.
HMD Global then decided to dismiss a number of other rumors that had aroused with the Nokia 7 Plus debacle. They said that other devices weren’t affected by the issue, and therefore, never had their data sent to such servers. They said that Nokia stores all of its information personally on Amazon servers based in Singapore, excluding the Chinese variant of their devices.
For folks who want to make sure they received the update on their Nokia 7 Plus, you could head over to Settings > System > About Phone > and then Scroll down to “Build Number”. If your phone shows “00WW339BSP03” or “00WW322CSP05” as the “Build number”, you have already installed the fix on your Nokia 7 Plus. And if you haven’t, simply check for an update on your Nokia 7 Plus.