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Nest CEO Promises Transparency and Opt-in Choices for Possible Changes to Privacy Policies

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With Google’s acquisition of Nest, many around the web joked that Google would use the information collected by the smart smoke detector and thermostat to ultimately sell ads to users. While Google’s exact plans for Nest are unknown at this time, Nest’s CEO Tony Fadell addressed any possible privacy concerns with current users and future buyers, stating that the company will remain completely transparent on any privacy policy changes, and that all changes made will be completely opt-in based. 

Fadell states that all of the information currently collected is only being used to monitor products, and ultimately, it is used to make them better. As of right now, Fadell mentioned that there have been no changes to any policies, but during meetings with Google’s Larry Page and other executives, the two companies came away with a lot of fantastic ideas that they hope to inject into Nest in the coming years.

While users shouldn’t be too afraid right now, there is no doubt that at the end of the day, Google is one of the largest data mining companies in the world. What is at least reassuring is that it seems Nest’s CEO is completely open about any future changes the company plans to make, so that has to count for something.

Via: The Next Web
  • Truffol

    Every time when you turn up the heat, Google will show you more sweater and North Face ads.

  • Jomo

    Well, at least they will tell you when they eventually start selling your info to advertisers.

    • zurginator

      They don’t sell the info though – that’s the point. They sell access to you (via targeted ads). If they sold the information they wouldn’t have a never ending revenue stream.

  • John Legere

    The best part about this, Phil Schiller unfollowed the Nest CEO on Twitter.

    • Chris

      Question is: Why are you worrying over what Phil Schiller is doing?

      • John Legere

        Oh, maybe because Apple was going to aquire Nest, and Google did it first.

        Next question, why are you trolling?

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Assumptions.

          • John Legere

            If people don’t like the Apple hate, they can cry to their mothers. Not here.

          • Chris

            Theres Apple hate and then apple HATE.

        • Maxim∑

          who said Apple would acquire nest? since when was Apple interested in home automation? This is Google’s field

          • John Legere

            Phil Schillers actions, say otherwise.

          • Chris

            my gue3ss is because the guy behind nest was the buy who was behind the orgnail iPod back in 2001.

  • Cowboydroid

    Does this mean the roaches will go back into hiding?

  • Mike Hilal

    I love how (mainly) apple sheep think that their information isnt being datamined because they dont use google services. It’s fun to laugh at stupid people.

    • Walter Partlo

      Haha.

      • Walter Partlo

        That was fun.

    • Maxim∑

      Google makes money on software and advertising, Apple makes money on hardware so tell me why they would sell our information? And why do you even bring up Apple?

      Every single company who sells consumer information has been caught. All of them, all large companies collect data on consumers, the difference is if the company connect the data to a name or not

      • MotoRulz

        *common

        Sorry I missed the sentence where he said that they would sell your information. Apple just like Google does data mine. Information = money, they may not sell it but they use it in every aspect of their business just like Google.

        • zurginator

          Google doesn’t exactly sell it either – and that’s why they make money. Instead they sell targeted access. This means they can keep selling ‘you’ indefinitely, because they are the only ones with the information, and therefore the access.

          • michael arazan

            They sell and target us for advertising, when I was looking for microwaves last month and toasters for x-mas presents all my ads everywhere were targeting me kitchen appliances at target and sears. Coming here all the time is probably why most of the ads I get are phone & carrier related at every website I go to too

      • Mike Hilal

        Glad you can spell, and know how things work. Smh.

        Motorulz has it right.

        Yahoo, Bing, insertnameofyourfavoritesearchenginehere, they all datamine. Apple most certainly data mines your information as well.

        Also, Apple makes money on getting others to manufacture their hardware. Apple is a glorified middleman at best. If you dont believe me, go visit foxconn or Samsung Semiconductor in Austin, Tx (where “apple’s” chips are made). Apple does not, and has not made their own hardware since the return of Jobs. When they did, they made shitboxes. Samsung builds the overwhelming majority of the iphone’s internals (ipads too). They also make the batteries for the macbooks. Apple’s innovation is at best collaboration.

        Wake up sheepie.

        • zurginator

          Why do people use the middleman argument? It’s how the freaking industry works.

          HTC doesn’t manufacture anything either.
          Motorola only makes radios.
          Sony only makes cameras and screens.
          LG only makes screens and batteries.

          Sure, Samsung fabricates Apple’s chips – Global Foundries fabricates Qualcomm and TI chips. They still design them.

          It’s the same on the computer side as well. Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus, AMD, Nvidia…. None of them make anything according to your argument.

          • Mike Hilal

            Actually, apple didnt design their own chip until the a7….they were variants of the exynos with a quad channel PowerVR GPU

        • Maxim∑

          So many angles to attack your ignorance, don’t know where to start.

          I don’t know why you are saying “Apple’s chips” Apple’s engineers custom design there processors based on the ARM architecture which was licensed to them a while ago. Samsung manufacturers Apple’s processors the ONLY THING Apple is using from Samsung in terms of that is the HKMG architecture which reduces transistor leakage . Why does Apple use Samsung? because they have the best fabrication plant in the world and the largest which Apple needs to keep up with demand

          Batteries are batteries, Samsung did not invent Lithium ion smart ass

          In terms of internals Apple actually uses very few Samsung made components besides the display driver in iPad, most come from Qualcomm,Micron,Skyworks,Avago,Skyhinx and Sony do your research. Apple’s engineering team talks with the professionals who specialize in each component to make a piece of hardware that’s how it works, common sense.

          Attack Apple say they never innovative whatever makes you happy, at the end of the day they make great products if you don’t like Apple that’s YOUR opinion.

          • Mike Hilal

            Apple only started at the a7, they merely modified samsung exynos chips until then.

            Again, apple’s innovation is just collaboration. When they stop suing for technology that had prior art they claim as their own, I’ll stop being critical.

  • OnlyNexus

    Our government just wet their pants at this acquisition. Google, check your voicemail.