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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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RE: My only concern
By Spuke on 6/24/2014 1:13:31 PM , Rating: 2
How do they know when you're not at home?


RE: My only concern
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/2014 1:19:08 PM , Rating: 2
Google already knows when you aren't at home because of your smartphone location data.

I don't see how Nest changes anything. Or why people think Google cares about how cold or hot your house is, or how that's data ANYONE cares about.

Google is sharing Nest data in order to improve the quality of service for the buyer. Yeah...how evil lol.


RE: My only concern
By Spuke on 6/24/2014 1:46:56 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Or why people think Google cares about how cold or hot your house is, or how that's data ANYONE cares about.
I wasn't planning on getting a Nest thermostat but maybe I will now. I'll at least see where Google takes it.


RE: My only concern
By M'n'M on 6/24/2014 2:21:08 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
or how that's data ANYONE cares about.

Give it some time and I wouldn't be surprised to see CA pass a law limiting how cool you can keep your house in the summer as part of some carbon reduction act. NY will follow and restrict how hot you can have it in the winter. MA, afraid of being left out of the lunacy, will pass by-the-hour temperature regulations, with of course the proper forms to fill out if you need special allowance.


RE: My only concern
By Spuke on 6/24/2014 5:10:45 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Give it some time and I wouldn't be surprised to see CA pass a law limiting how cool you can keep your house in the summer as part of some carbon reduction act.
One, how is the CA gov going to get access to GOOGLE's data without a warrant? Two, some CA power companies are ALREADY turning down and turning off your A/C. Much like Google services, it's opt in for now.

https://www.sce.com/wps/portal/home/residential/re...


RE: My only concern
By sadsteve on 6/25/2014 9:34:55 AM , Rating: 2
But you sign up for that, it's not imposed upon the customer (I am an SCE customer). They'll basically give you a little discount if you give them access to do that.


RE: My only concern
By kingmotley on 6/24/2014 2:25:11 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Google already knows when you aren't at home because of your smartphone location data.


Apple doesn't provide google with my smartphone data.


RE: My only concern
By wookie1 on 6/24/2014 3:49:52 PM , Rating: 2
Are you sure? Apple isn't the owner of that data, doesn't the cell phone network have it?


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