Google Home

Google Home

Review date: Oct. 23, 2019

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Super creepy
"Hey Google!" will become your new favorite greeting. Hey Google, turn on the lights. Hey Google, play Bohemian Rhapsody. Hey Google, what are the symptoms of toe fungus? Hey Google, are you still listening to me? From the Mini to the Max, these smart speakers (smart microphones?) are fun and useful...and maybe just a bit creepy? Tell us on the Creep-O-Meter below!

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Google gets to know you really well, maybe too well. They know you have a mouse problem because you keep asking for ways to get rid of mice. They recognize your voice from all the times you ordered plain cheese pizza. They know you are single because who orders plain cheese pizza? Just kidding, they know you're single because of all those pedicure appointments you've booked for one. Maybe it's OK Google knows you so well. Maybe it's creepy. It's all fun and games until those weirdly specific targeted political ads start tracking you all around the internet.
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Tracks location

Device: No

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

How can you control your data?

What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?

Average

Can this product be used offline?

Can’t Determine

User-friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest.

Strong password

Yes

Do you have to create a strong password?

Security updates

Yes

Does it get regular software/firmware updates?

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

Privacy policy

Yes

Does it have a privacy policy?

Does the product use AI? information

Can’t Determine

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine

*privacy not included

Dive Deeper

  • Alexa and Google Home abused to eavesdrop and phish passwords
    Ars Technica
  • With a Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home or Siri
    NY Times
  • Google collects face data now. Here's what it means and how to opt out
    CNET
  • Google exec says Nest owners should probably warn their guests that their conversations are being recorded
    Business Insider
  • How to opt out of human review of your voice assistant recordings
    Mozilla

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