Smart Home Surveillance: Governments Tell Google's Nest To Hand Over Data 300 Times

Smart Home Surveillance: Governments Tell Google's Nest To Hand Over Data 300 Times


Publication Title
Forbes
Publication/Creation Date
October 13 2018
Creators/Contributors
Thomas Brewster (creator)
Persuasive Intent
Information
Description
Anyone pumped for this week's launch of Google's Home Hub might want to temper their
excitement. A smart home is a surveilled home. That’s been the concern of privacy activists
since citizens started lighting up their abodes with so-called “smart” tech in recent years.

Take Google’s current smart home division, Nest Labs. It’s been told to hand over data on 300
separate occasions since 2015. That’s according to a little-documented transparency report
from Nest, launched a year after the $3.2 billion Google acquisition . The report shows around
60 requests for data were received by Google’s unit in the first half of this year alone. In all
those cases recorded from 2015 onward, governments have sought data on as many as 525
Nest account holders.
HCI Platform
Ambient
Location on Body
Not On The Body
Marketing Keywords
Google, Nest Labs, Amazon, Amazon Echo
Source
https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2018/10/13/smart-home-surveillance-governments-tell-googles-nest-to-hand-over-data-300-times/

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Date archived
October 15 2018
Last edited
December 12 2020
How to cite this entry
Thomas Brewster. (October 13 2018). "Smart Home Surveillance: Governments Tell Google's Nest To Hand Over Data 300 Times". Forbes. Forbes Media LLC. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/Detail/objects/3334