Some surprises are fun when a friend gives you an unexpected gift. Others, not so much. They may even be a little scary sometimes. We have a good example of the latest type of surprise, thanks to Google's latest Nest integration.
The company announced that Nest, its home security system, received an update that would include the Google Assistant virtual assistant. At first glance, it works fine, a Google device can now be used with another Google application. There is a green problem, however: Nest never revealed that it had a microphone, which would be necessary for such integration.
Business Insider reports that "the existence of a Nest Guard microphone (which is the alarm, keyboard and motion sensor component of the Nest Secure offer) was never revealed in any of the device's product material." Google admitted BI that this was actually an "error". The company says it should have been listed in technical specifications. Whoops!
Google added that it never used the microphone to record anything and that it could only be turned on if the user specifically made it possible. Nevertheless, for Google not to tell people about the existence of something that can listen to users, is certainly suspected. Especially since Nest is a security device, which should give users peace of mind.
This is another perfect example of technology companies that exceed the limits of user privacy and expect people to only accept an apology. [1
You can read the entire Business Insider report here.