Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

Review date: Oct. 23, 2019

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Somewhat creepy
Front door cams are all the rage these days. They can catch the bad guy or just your neighbor taking the trash out in his underwear. This weatherproof, always-on, 12x zoom, HD video cam records everything, for better or worse. It has a built-in mic too, so you can talk back to the delivery guy or the neighborhood kid selling candy bars for school. The IQ version even claims it can recognize a familiar face. View, share, and get alerts all from an app on your phone — gives a whole new meaning to the idea of “neighborhood watch.”

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Nest is owned by Google, which means they have the full force of Google behind its security features, which is a good thing. It also has the full force of Google behind its privacy features, which means that Google may target you with ads based on your interactions. Also, you could catch your neighbor dancing naked in front of their window and then never be able to look at them the same ever again, making those neighborhood BBQs quite awkward. Also, Google's own device chief says homeowners should warn guests they are in proximity of a microphone potentially recording your conversations when they visit your home if you own a device like this. We think that is good advice.
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Tracks location

Device: Yes

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

  • Nest Cams Hijacked
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  • Google exec says Nest owners should probably warn their guests that their conversations are being recorded
    Business Insider

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