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Google Erred In Not Disclosing Microphone In Nest Security System

February 20, 2019 / PYMNTS

Google admitted that it didn’t tell users about a built-in microphone in its Nest Secure home security system, according to a report from Reuters. On Wednesday (Feb. 20), the company said it made an error, but that it wasn’t keeping the microphone a secret. “The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret, and should have been listed in the tech specs. That was an error on our part. The microphone has never been on and is only activated when users specifically enable the option,” Google said. Google also said the microphone was going to play a part in future features, like detecting the sound of glass breaking, according to CNET. Nest Secure, a user-friendly home security system, costs around $400. Earlier this month, Google said that Nest Secure would be updated and that users could now use Google Assistant on Nest Guard.