If the paranoia and lack of trust surrounding Google continues at this pace, soon enough people will start believing that the tech giant will be able to access our thoughts.
While that may be a while away, for now, customers of the ‘smart’ thermostat are considering getting rid of the device after Google revealed plans of dishing out $3.2 billion to buy out its manufacturer; Nest.
Vice President of Product at AOL explains the fears of many.
Oh PS with Nest’s built-in sensors now Google knows when you’re home, what rooms you’re in, and when you’re out. Just FYI.— Ryan Block (@ryan) January 13, 2014
Nest manufactures sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled, self-learning, programmable thermostats and smoke detectors. The company’s Learning Thermostat optimizes heating and cooling of homes and businesses, allowing them to conserve electricity in the process.
With Google already notorious for selling user data in the past, many believe the company will take advantage of the capabilities of the smart thermostat to gather more information for advertisers. Experts believe that such doubts could be well founded as the tech giant would have the ability to pluck data straight from people’s homes.
“Consumers should insist Google start making their mortgage or rent payments, given all the data the company plans to sweep up from everyone’s homes,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy.
“A few billion is digital chump change for the key to unlock more of our personal information. By linking together our mobile, video, search, while driving, in-store and now at-home data, Google wants to become an invisible but all-seeing new member of the family.”
With former NSA agent Edward Snowden having blown the whistle on his organization’s spying activity; people in the United States have become increasingly wary of their privacy being invaded.
Perhaps getting rid of the smart thermostat is a step too far, but these days, who can risk the potential of their move being monitored; especially at home?