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“We’re not telling Google anything that it doesn’t already know" -- Nest Labs co-founder Matt Rogers

Google will soon have access to user data stored on thermostats built by Nest Labs. This move was inevitable following Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs back in January for $3.2 billion.
 
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Nest Labs co-founder Matt Rogers made it clear that Google will be able to connect its apps with the Nest Learning Thermostat. For example, customers can rely on Google Now’s location-tracking capabilities to automatically adjust their thermostat when returning home after a long day at work (the Honeywell Lyric thermostat offers similar functionality).
 
Users will also be able to speak voice commands into their Android-powered devices to control the temperature of their Nest Learning Thermostats.


Nest founders Matt Rogers (L) and Tony Fadell (R) with Google CEO Larry Page (C)
 
Rogers indicated that the bulk of the data that will be shared with Google pertains to whether a customer is at home or not. Easily identifiable information such as a customer’s name, address, or email address will not be shared.
 
As Rogers bluntly puts it, “We’re not telling Google anything that it doesn’t already know.”
 
Nest Labs CEO Tony Fadell first tried to ease customers’ privacy concerns back in January, stating, “The data that we collect is all about our products and improving them. If there were ever any changes whatsoever, we would be sure to be transparent about it, number one, and number two for you to opt-in to it.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal





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We believe you
By wookie1 on 6/24/2014 11:44:55 AM , Rating: 2
We believe you. I mean, there's no way for us to know what data you're passing along but Google's slogan is "don't be evil" so it must all be good.




RE: We believe you
By BRB29 on 6/24/2014 11:48:28 AM , Rating: 3
welcome to the internet where there's no privacy. Don't buy overpriced Nest devices and you're fine.


RE: We believe you
By hughlle on 6/24/2014 12:27:24 PM , Rating: 2
Certainly, we don't know what data is being shared. But did you go and give your nest device your SSN and birth certificate? It's not like Nest has your innermost secrets contained within it's storage chips, it's a thermostat.. I'd not be too concerned about google learning of my heating habits.

And it's one of these things. Who cares? It was a given that by using nest google would get data from it, people are probably taking that into account when buying. Just as they do when signing up for gmail. Or turning on location services. These are not "how could they even dare" issues, these are facts we accept when we use their services.


RE: We believe you
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/2014 12:57:05 PM , Rating: 2
Yes because the fact that you use heating and cooling is a MAJOR intrusion on your privacy and valuable data that Google didn't have before?

Uhhh hello?

Nest HAS to share it's data in order for features to work. Otherwise there's no point in buying a "smart" thermostat when it can't do SMART things.


RE: We believe you
By wookie1 on 6/24/2014 3:54:46 PM , Rating: 2
I actually don't care that much since I know Google owns Nest, that they're a data mining company, and I can choose whether or not to participate. I do consider my heating and cooling settings to be private information for the same reasons that others have pointed out. People may be demonized in the future if they don't use the "correct and approved" settings prescribed by those proclaiming to save us from whatever crisis is coming (energy shortage, global warming/cooling/climate disruption, etc). Isn't the main purpose of the smart grid as envisioned by the gov't to enable more remote control of your energy usage? Sure, there are benefits to the user in seeing energy usage nearly real-time, but the main benefit is central control over your usage.


RE: We believe you
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/2014 4:05:21 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe if you people protested this Government half as much as you do Google, we wouldn't EVER have to live in a future like that lol.


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