Nest Labs to Start Sharing Data from Thermostat Users with Google
June 24, 2014 11:32 AM
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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.”
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RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
6/24/2014 2:38:09 PM
How is passing data after explicit user consent "evil"? Evil is killing animals and raping children, I'm not seeing anything evil in "I want to opt in to Google making my thermostat more efficient." Privacy concerns? Sure, but no "evil."
RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
6/24/2014 4:55:49 PM
Privacy concerns? Sure, but no "evil."
Dude, you're talking to people with the intelligence of a 4 year old. Hell, they probably didn't even read your whole post. With their reading comprehension problems and all.
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