Google exec says Nest owners should probably warn their guests that their conversations are being recorded

Google exec says Nest owners should probably warn their guests that their conversations are being recorded

October 16, 2019 0 By Janet Moreno

Google’s Nest devices always have their microphones on and detect loud noises. The cameras are trained to catch sudden movements in the home. These devices may begin recording at any time. the Nest owners, due to this, have been warned to tell their guests that they are exposed to the camera according to Rick Osterloh, the chief at Google devices.

The legal obligation in the setting is not yet clear.

Osterlog said that houseguests must be made aware that Nest devices record as etiquette. While disclosure is not necessary, it is expected out of decency.

Nest devices come with LED lights that come on when the machine begins to record. These recordings cannot be overridden at the time, but recordings can be disabled by doing it through settings, or by unplugging the device. A spokesperson from Google did not respond for comments.

Google has recently faced fire from advocates of privacy after claiming that Google workers are listening and manually transcribing the voice commands to the Google Assistant. The transcripts, according to Google, is to improve the voice recognition technology.

Google announced expanded Nest features at its annual devices expo Tuesday morning, including Nest Aware, a new cloud network that connects Nest devices. The feature will roll out in early 2020.