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Nest CEO Tony Fadell  (Source: Yahoo Finance)
Any changes to Nest/Google's privacy agreement will be "opt-in"

Last week, Google shocked the tech community when it announced that it was acquiring Nest Labs for $3.2 billion. While the acquisition made sense to Google given the company’s thirst for automation services and hardware, many people were concerned about user privacy with Google now at the helm.
 
After all, no one wants to wake up in the middle of the night and walk past their Nest thermostat only to see the display light up with ads for insomnia pills.
 
In fact, Nest co-founder Matt Rogers looked to ease fears about privacy on the day of the announcement with a blog post, stating, “Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest’s products and services. We’ve always taken privacy seriously and this will not change.”
 
Now, Nest CEO Tony Fadell is looking to provide a little more clarity to the whole issue, thanks to comments he made at the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany. Fadell explained, “At this point, there are no changes. The data that we collect is all about our products and improving them.”
 
More importantly, Fadell added, “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.”
 
So it appears that for now, Nest users are safe from being brought unwittingly into the Google “collective.”

Source: TNW





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