February 21 ,2019
Google found itself at the centre of a new privacy scandal yesterday, after it emerged that it has buried a secret microphone in its Nest Secure alarm system.
The microphone is not listed on the specifications for the Nest device, which is designed to keep users safe and protect their privacy and belongings.
It came to light after Google launched a software update allowing users to control the Nest devices with their voices.
The voice activation requires a microphone to work.
Yesterday, the web giant insisted that it had kept the device a secret by accident, as it apologised to customers.
A spokesman said: ‘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 tech firm added that the microphone was never switched on prior to the software update, but that it included the feature in order to have the potential to pick up the sound of glass breaking.
‘Security systems often use microphones to provide features that rely on sound sensing,’ a spokesman added.
‘We included the mic on the device so that we can potentially offer additional features to our users in the future, such as the ability to detect broken glass.’
The Nest Security alarm system containing a microphone has been sold throughout the US, but is yet to go on sale in Europe.
This article was posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:54 am