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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 ritualm on 6/24/2014 2:40:34 PM , Rating: 2
Technically Google doesn't need any thermostat data from its users - but it wants the stuff anyway because ad dollars.

Next time a Nest user dials up the heating during winter, Google would "ask" them to visit a home insulation service...


RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/14, Rating: 0
RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By ritualm on 6/24/2014 3:22:29 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
you are not going to be spammed adds by Google because you turned on your heater

Knowing Google - and especially seeing what they've done with the official Gmail app - I'm calling BS on this claim right now.


RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/2014 3:25:26 PM , Rating: 1
Again, if you feel that way fine, just don't buy a NEST and problem solved.

There's several competing 'smart thermostats' out there to choose from.


RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By ritualm on 6/24/2014 3:34:14 PM , Rating: 4
It's funny - in a pathetic, sad way - watching you go all out defensive in support of Google, as soon as anyone starts merely pointing fingers at your favorite company (besides Samsung).

Your reading comprehension is fundamentally lacking, even compared to Nortel, and that's pretty bad.


RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/14, Rating: -1
RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By Spuke on 6/24/14, Rating: 0
RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By Reclaimer77 on 6/25/2014 9:36:16 AM , Rating: 2
Spuke taking bullets for the old 'Claimer, much respect :)

We'll catch 'em in the crossfire bud lol.


RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By sadsteve on 6/24/2014 6:11:23 PM , Rating: 3
Google doesn't need it for that. All you need is a browser on your phone/tablet/pc and a home automation server (home built) at your home. Simple login and monitor/control via web access. Google didn't need to know anything about how I set up my system.

It was fun to design and build but I removed the system after about 6 months. I never used it once I finished it (except for initial play time).


RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By Reclaimer77 on 6/25/2014 9:40:11 AM , Rating: 2
How many people are seriously technically competent enough to build their own servers and set up PC's?? Not very many.

So what are you saying? Google should get out of home automation because maybe 0.5% of the population can do a DIY setup?


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