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.”
The Wall Street Journal
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RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
6/25/2014 2:22:28 AM
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!
6/25/2014 12:24:45 PM
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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