'Google was founded on the corporate motto, “Don’t be evil.” Since then, it seems like Google’s corporate direction has been to be evil in just about every way imaginable, and on a very personal level.
There is nothing more valuable than our privacy and yet, in the tech age, that’s the first thing we lost.
Mind you, as social media got more and more popular, we gave up a lot of our privacy voluntarily. Posting pictures wherever we go; letting all of our followers know where we are, where we’ve been, where we’re going. Telling everyone, including perfect strangers sometimes, our most intimate details and plans, etc.
After the big tech behemoths figured out most users of Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Google, YouTube, Twitter, and other platforms were so willing to give up their privacy, they began taking it for granted that they could violate our privacy at their whim, even without our permission.
As Business Insider reports, Google announced earlier this month that Nest Secure, its home security alarm system, was getting updated. Following the upgrade, the company said, users would be able to utilize Google Assistant, a virtual-assistant technology.
But there was an issue users weren’t previously aware of: They didn’t realize that their Nest system had a microphone, to begin with.
Business Insider noted:
The existence of a microphone on the Nest Guard, which is the alarm, keypad, and motion-sensor component in the Nest Secure offering, was never disclosed in any of the product material for the device.
Earlier this month a Google spokesperson told the news site that failure to disclose this little detail was an “error.”'
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