Nest

Following the acquisition from Google last week, Nest has quickly become been the center of attention. Plenty of jokes have circulated about the whole deal, and many had some fears about privacy with the sale. Nest CEO Tony Fadell took some time during an interview at the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany, to discuss this, and assure everyone that at this time there are no changes.

“At this point, there are no changes. The data that we collect is all about our products and improving them. If there were ever any changes whatsoever, we would be sure to be transparent about it, number one, and number two for you to opt-in to it.”

During the interview Fadell also explained that the deal with Google was not something that happened overnight, and some of the communications have been going back and forth about it for years already. During the meetings both parties have learned a ton from each other, and Fadell said that they are basically completing each others sentences because they share a common vision. 

It is clear that privacy is something that the folks of the Nest team take very seriously, so you can rest assured that your temperature settings won't be sold to ad providers to put some extra change in their pocket. This is the start of something much larger, so let's sit back and relax, and see where Google and Nest take this.

Source: The Next Web

 
There are 20 comments

brendilon says:

Privacy is a chimera anyhow, people don't have half the privacy they like to think they do. Just about any time you want to do something more convenient, you'll give up privacy. When you're out in public, the only privacy you have is inside your head.

TenshiNo says:

+1. Glad to see at least *someone* out there realizes this.

Honis says:

Is this an Opt-in but you'll still get all of the latest updates or an Opt-in if you want any future upgrades?

hmmm says:

nest has no say in the matter. Of course they will want to keep everyone happy right now but in the future they really have no choice. If poppa Google wants something done it will be. However, if you buy a nest you should know what you are getting just like using any of Google's other services and if their current privacy policies/practices bother you definitely do not buy a nest.

eahinrichsen says:

Nailed it. I am really not worried about privacy concerns with Nest (considering that there's no way the data Google gets from my thermostat would be anywhere near as intrusive as the data I already agree to give them by carrying around a GPS in my pocket all day), but Fadell isn't the one who's capable of making that kind of promise, no matter how independent Nest is supposed to remain.

TenshiNo says:

Bingo. I laughed when I saw people freaking out after the announcement saying "Google will know when I'm home!" like they don't already know that from your cell phone.

akcanuck says:

I have a Nest and I really don't care who knows what the temp in my house is. If you have a Gmail account and are really complaining about this you need your head examined.

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brendilon says:

yup.

sectime says:

Since it has WiFi and internet connectivity, more than temp if and when Google wants to.

TenshiNo says:

Yes, it has WiFi and internet connectivity, but that doesn't mean that it can magically sprout hardware that it doesn't already include. There's no microphone or camera. And even *if* it had those things, why would Google want to record a 24/7 video stream of the hallway wall opposite the thermostat?

The thermostat is capable of monitoring temp and humidity, but that information would really be of any major use to Google. At least, not any more so than what they already collect from your internet habits and email.

Simon Sage says:

Google wants to know how warm I like my house on Tuesdays?

OVER MY DEAD BODY

drokssilva says:

True. I don't think they getting info from our thermostats is a big deal.

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samxool says:

Exactly. Why does Google need to know my house and when to turn it on. At least with apple, I am a valued client, with Google, I am a commodity to be traded for highest bidder a la 12 years a slave. This ain't 1960 anymore, ghost must stop

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brendilon says:

"Exactly. Why does Google need to know my house and when to turn it on."
I think you missed the sarcasm here.

"At least with apple, I am a valued client,"
PFFFF... wow, careful with that KoolAid there dude, you can OD on it.

"...with Google, I am a commodity to be traded for highest bidder..."
Every company sees you as a commodity. Google, however, does not sell your information to the highest bidder as many other companies do.

"...a la 12 years a slave. This ain't 1960 anymore, ghost must stop"
All I can say to this is Meth will jack up your life, speaking in tongues is a bad sign, quit while you can!

I think the problem is you just can't quit Meth.

TenshiNo says:

lol. Nice breakdown.

thatguy97 says:

+1

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clietreo says:

Google didn't pay 3.2 billion just to have state of the art thermostats. Like others have said, Fadell's telling people what things are now; the money he gets takes away his view of the future with this deal. So, he probably will take the money and run (I'm sure he needs to stay for a certain time).

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clietreo says:

Google didn't pay 3.2 billion just to have state of the art thermostats. Like others have said, Fadell's telling people what things are now; the money he gets takes away his view of the future with this deal. So, he probably will take the money and run (I'm sure he needs to stay for a certain time).

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TenshiNo says:

Honestly, I think Google just 3.2b for the patents and talent they got by acquiring Nest. I'm *hoping* this is Google *finally* beginning to make good on the Android @Home thing they teased us with at Google IO a few years ago.