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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: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By robert5c on 6/24/2014 2:19:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, i don't get the worry of people over Nest and DropCam when they may have a device in their pocket from said Evil Empire. A device with a camera on the front and back, a microphone, always connected to internet, able to record your personal conversations, messages, internet use and one that is most likely connected to even your home network.

If they wanted to film you they could probably just program software to turn on features of your phone without any notification to you that's its doing so. Do it over WiFi only and you wouldn't even notice the traffic; while plugged in and you won't notice the battery drain, ect ect ect.

Get a grip people, take off your tin foil hats, and just vote with your pocket, you don't have to buy it, but don't freak out all of a sudden.


RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By retrospooty on 6/24/2014 2:50:07 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly... If anyone is that paranoid, they really need to avoid any and all smartphones and the internet in general.

Smart devices cant be "smart" without access to your stuff. If you don't want it, that is perfectly fine, but if you are going to use it, you need to learn to deal with it either way.


RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/2014 2:58:02 PM , Rating: 1
Most of these people are just trolls rather than actual concerned potential users imo.

Especially those throwing "evil" around.


RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By slunkius on 6/25/2014 2:22:28 AM , Rating: 2
so what happened to "google will know how warm you keep your house"? looks like they will know much more than that. how much more will depend only on their wishes.


RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By retrospooty on 6/25/2014 12:24:45 PM , Rating: 2
The point is they already know much more than that from your phone and internet usage. If you are worried about such things, dont use the internet or any smart devices at all.


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