Google on Wednesday revealed that it forgot to inform users that its Nest Secure home alarm system includes a microphone.
Google announced this week that it forgot to inform users that its Nest Secure home alarm system includes a microphone.
“The problem: Nest users didn’t know a microphone existed on their security device to begin with.” states a post published by Business Insider that first reported the news.
“The existence of a microphone on the Nest Guard, which is the alarm, keypad, and motion-sensor component in the Nest Secure offering, was never disclosed in any of the product material for the device.”
The news is disconcerting and privacy advocates are alarmed by this revelation, how is it possible that the tech giant has forgotten it?
Google announced earlier February that its voice assistant feature would be available on the system’s Nest Guard that allows controlling home alarm sensors.
Since the presentation on the market of the device in 2017, Google did not reveal the presence of the built-in microphone to its customers.
“The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs,” reads a statement issued by Google.
Google explained clarified that it never intended to hide the presence of the microphone and pointed put that it hasn’t been active since launch and customers have to specifically enable it going forward,
The revelation made by Google is problematic for the tech giant, in 2010 the company was criticized after it acknowledged that its fleet of Street View cars “accidentally” collected personal data transmitted over consumers’ unsecured WiFi networks.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
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