Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
Review date: 10/23/2019
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.
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
What data does it collect?
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How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?
Can this product be used offline?
User friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Uses encryption in transit and at rest.
Do you have to create a strong password?
Does it get regular software/firmware updates?
Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?