'As Google launches a new smart display with face-tracking cameras, it wants users to know it takes their privacy and security seriously.
The search giant published an extensive document on Tuesday that serves as a privacy doctrine, laying out Google's approach to managing user data that it collects from devices in the home.
In it, Google breaks down how its devices collect data and pledges to be more transparent about how users can control what information is stored about them.
With the Home Hub, Google has added a sensor-embedded camera that powers Face Match, a new feature that's opt-in only and serves up personalized information when certain users walk in front of the device.
It also enables gesture controls, like the ability for users to pause and restart their music by lifting up a hand in front of the camera.
Google is no stranger to privacy issues surrounding its home devices.
Earlier this year, Nest was forced to apologize to users after it was revealed that the smart alarm system had a microphone embedded inside without users' knowledge.
Now, it's working to regain user trust with a new set of privacy principles.
'We recognize that technology in the home presents special challenges,' Google wrote.
'Evolving innovations like ambient sensors and voice assistants make the home more helpful, but they also raise fair and personal questions about privacy.'
As part of the launch of its new smart display, Google revealed that its smart home team would be merging with Nest, the company it acquired in 2014 that makes smart thermometers, security cameras and other IoT gadgets for the home.
The combined teams will now be known as Google Nest, Google announced at I/O.'
Read more: Google tightens privacy rules for smart home devices and vows not to share sensitive device data with advertisers as it insists the company is 'committed to earning trust'
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