By CCN.com: Google has become the latest tech giant to admit that it had screwed up when it comes to doing something suspect related to one of its devices and users’ privacy.
Google’s Nest home alarm products are embedded with a microphone that was not disclosed to the buyer. When the news hit the fan, search engine giant pretty much said oops, our bad, we made a mistake, etc.
There seems to be a playbook that tech giants pull from when they’re caught red-handed doing something nefarious. Think Amazon, Apple and Facebook and their debacles with privacy issues. Through verbal gymnastics, their C-suite execs downplayed the problems.
Most aggravating is the “duh” response. Such responses by these tech behemoths are not going to continue to fly.
Nesting and Listening
To considerable fanfare, Google rolled out a series of home alarm products that it named Nest at the beginning of the year.
As pointed out by Gizmodo, some of Google’s newest Nest devices have been on the market for just barely two months, and already there are issues. There have been a few hacking scares over its home securities cameras, according to Gizmodo.
The whammy over this microphone is particularly disturbing and the reasons are twofold: