[10/27/16] Google Home (GH) is always listening to everything that goes on inside your home. It’s like paying the NSA, sorry I meant Google, $129.00 to bug your home. Click here & here to find out about Google’s close relationship with the NSA.
GH does more than listen to music, it can control your lights, thermostats, radios, TV’s, smart refrigerators, smart plugsand more. GH has partnered with Nest, Phillips, IFTTT and Samsung who also makes the ‘family hub refrigerator‘.
Google Assistant’s new surveillance feature called “My Day,” gives you morning updates, weather, commute times and a summary of your schedule (assuming you opt in).
At least GH doesn’t have SEVEN microphones like Amazon’s Echo.
Just how invasive is GH?
‘Always on’ devices are always listening
Below, is an excerpt taken from Google’s Privacy & Terms:
Voice Search (Google Assistant) uses pattern recognition to transcribe spoken words to written text. For each voice query made to Voice Search, we store the language, the country, the utterance and our system’s guess of what was said.
A Computerworld article warns everyone about the dangers of ‘always on’ devices.
“There are plenty of privacy issues with this type of always listening technology,” said Dan Olds, an analyst with OrionX, a technology analyst firm. “It’s obvious that any device that is always listening could also be always storing and always analyzing anything that is within earshot of the receiver.”
“It could give Google a hell of a lot more personal data about users than they get now,” he said. “That microphone will be a witness to every verbal interaction in the home. It will also know what you watch on TV, what you listen to, and, obviously, when there’s no one home” Olds said.
For a complete list of how invasive GH is, click here.
Can Google be trusted not to spy on our conversations?
Last year, Google Chrome was caught secretly spying on everyone’s conversations.
“Without consent, Google’s code had downloaded a black box of code that – according to itself – had turned on the microphone and was actively listening to your room,” said Rick Falkvinge, the Pirate party founder.
“Which means that your computer had been stealth configured to send what was being said in your room to somebody else, to a private company in another country, without your consent or knowledge, an audio transmission triggered by … an unknown and unverifiable set of conditions” Falkvinge said.
The FBI could be wiretapping ‘always on’ devices
Earlier this year, Matt Novak from Gizmodo filed a Freedom of Information request with the FBI, asking if they had ever wiretapped an Amazon Echo. The FBI’s response, “we can neither confirm nor deny…”