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HMD is moving Nokia phone data to Finland for better security, faster updates

Nokia 4.2
Nokia 4.2 (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • HMD will store all device data from Nokia phones at a Google Cloud facility in Finland.
  • The Nokia 4.2, Nokia 2.2, and Nokia 3.2 are the first devices to make the switch.
  • Older Nokia phones will be migrated with the Android Q update.

HMD Global came under intense pressure earlier this year after it was discovered that a few Nokia 7 Plus units "mistakenly" sent device data to China. HMD has apologised for the error, and is now taking measures to ensure it doesn't happen again.

HMD has announced that it is moving its data collection center to Europe for improving device security and providing a better customer experience for Nokia users. The phone activation and performance data for all Nokia phones going forward will be stored at the Google Cloud facility in Hamina, Finland.

This change aims to add additional levels of security and privacy. HMD plans to make use of Google Cloud's advanced data analytics and consultancy firm CGI´s data science expertise to deliver better data security. This move also ensures that the data collected by Nokia devices will be covered by EU data privacy guidelines under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2 and the Nokia 2.2 will be the first Nokia phones to start storing data at the new center, with HMD noting that data from older Nokia devices will be migrated following the Android Q update later in the year.

HMD Global's chief product officer Juho Sarvikas also mentioned that the move will allow the brand to deliver updates faster:

Fans world-wide value our unique product promise; that every Nokia smartphone on Android One will receive regular security updates for 3 years, alongside OS upgrades for 2 years.We want every Nokia smartphone to stay fresh for longer and to ensure everyone can enjoy the latest innovations from Google, and so we strive to bring the latest OS upgrades from Android faster than any other manufacturer. This is why consumers can rely on their Nokia smartphone, they just keep on getting better with time.We want to remain open and transparent about how we collect and store device activation data and want to ensure people understand why and how it improves their phone experience. This change aims to further reinforce our promise to our fans for a pure, secure and up to date Android, with an emphasis on security and privacy through our data servers in Finland.

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

7 Comments
  • Will this cover the Nokia 7.1 as well? Not too sure what "older devices" are covered?
  • All older devices will be covered.
  • Thanks. 👍👍 You know I was also wondering if the data collected would be covered by the EU data privacy guidelines under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mentioned in the article. And if the GDPR would only apply to European Union Nokia customers or if it would extend to the data for customers from other regions of the world? 🤔
  • Shouldn't they have done this earlier? And I doubt it would impact India, because they are mandated by law to establish local servers.
  • Hopefully this means HMD Global will have a more consistent update schedule.
  • My work Nokia 3 is still stuck on November 2018 security patch. I think it's only seen about 3 updates from new. Absolutely awful by any standards
  • oh boi.. OH BOI. i bought a nokia 5.1 in october. guess what?! its a piece of garbage. i knew the hw would be slow, thats fine. but the software? yea, they send you "security updates". what else they SHOULD send you? bug fixes. long story short: YOU DONT GET INSTANT MESSAGES. NO FB, WATSAPP, IT KILLS MIBAND IN THE BACKGROUND i dont think, with a brand new phone, i should be googling why am i not getting messages in 2019. even with the instruction on the site i still dont get an notifications from messaging apps. https://dontkillmyapp.com/nokia
    If you value your money and time, DO NOT BUY A NOKIA if any nokia staff reading this, please change your slogan to: Nokia - DISconnecting people.