Archive for August 10, 2020

Google Home Speakers May Have Been Recording Sounds Without Your Permission

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 10, 2020 by itnerd

Your Google Home speaker may have been quietly recording sounds around your house without your permission or authorization it was revealed this week.

A Google spokesperson told Protocol that the feature was accidentally enabled for some users through a recent software update and has since been rolled back. But in light of Monday’s news that Google invested $450 million — acquiring a 6.6% stake — in home security provider ADT, it may be a sign of things to come for Google, as it hints at the company’s secret home security superpower: millions of smart speakers already in people’s homes.

There have been a few people on Reddit who have discovered this, and frankly this bothers me. And it should bother you. I can see how this could be a powerful feature. But I can also see how this could become a privacy nightmare. Google really needs to come clean in terms of this, and give users of these smart speakers the info that they need to give them the ability to have the privacy that they need.