Jingjing Ma
Mar 20, 2019

BlueFocus caught up in ‘probe box’ controversy

The company was forced to clarify its involvement with a firm that was called out on CCTV’s annual consumer-rights exposé show for surreptitious gathering of personal data.

Probe box: A screen capture from CCTV's 3.15 gala

Chinese communications company BlueFocus has had to deny knowledge of the day-to-day operations of a company in which it is an investor, following an investigative exposé aired during CCTV’s annual programme dedicated to consumer rights.

A report aired during the so-called 3.15 gala showed how technology firms, including Behe Technology, were using a machine referred to as a probe box to harvest data from consumers’ smartphones, without their knowledge, in public places...

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