Chinese phones have been the subject of security issues and as we previously reported; some companies have even been banned from contracts in the USA. Until now it has all been speculation on how and when do these devices spy on their users. Chinese users are reporting that their phones will enable the camera to take an image of them every single time that they open a web browser or use social media. Not only that but the microphone records everything that is said when an application is launched. These backdoors cannot be disabled which leaves the users wondering what is happening to their data. The companies accused of enabling these backdoors say that they are a feature designed to make services better. This makes me wonder about the lifting of the ZTE ban after a cash payment. Different from most mobile phones, where a camera can be activated without giving the user any signal, the Vivo NEX has a tiny retractable camera that physically pops out from the top of the device when it is turned on. One Weibo user observed that the retractable camera self-activates whenever he opens a new chat on Telegram, a messaging application designed for secured and encrypted communication.