Google Chromecast with Google TV

Google Chromecast with Google TV

Review date: 11/02/2020

"Hey Google!" That will become your new favorite saying if you go the route of Chromecast, now with Google TV. This little dongle lets you stream what you're watching or listening to on your phone or tablet to your TV. And the new Google TV puts all the content from all your streaming services on the screen in one place. Just say, "Hey Google, show me rom coms," and all the rom coms from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more will appear on screen. Nifty.

What could happen if something goes wrong

Google seems to do a better job than some of the other Big Tech companies when it comes to privacy. We like that users are now automatically opted out of Google's human review of voice recordings. However, Google does collect a ton of data on you, especially if you don't take the time to adjust your privacy setting to lock down just how much info they can gather. We recognize it is time consuming to have to go in and adjust setting in apps and on your phone and on your computer to protect your privacy. If you don't take the time, it's possible Google can get to know you really well, maybe too well. Google knows that you like to watch sappy rom coms at certain times each month and starts treating you with ads for chocolate and wine and you fall into a rut of watching movies and eating chocolate and drinking wine and, you know what, that doesn't sound so bad. Maybe it's OK Google knows you so well. Maybe it's creepy.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Tracks Location

Device: No

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How does it use this data?

Google says that your personal data is never sold to third parties.

How can you control your data?

You can review and delete your data via the Google Privacy Dashboard.

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

Needs Improvement

In 2018, personal information was exposed in several incidents, resulting from access by app developers, exposure by mobile apps, or a bug in Google + API. Google has also stored location data without permission.

Can this product be used offline?

No

User friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest.

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest.

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Google has a Security Rewards program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://www.google.com/about/appsecurity/programs-home/

Privacy policy

Yes

Google has several privacy pages explaining its approach to privacy in simple language.

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Yes

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

Yes

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

Yes

Google publishes academic papers about its AI research (https://ai.google/) and makes several tools available via open source. https://ai.google/tools/

Company contact info

Phone Number

(844) 400-2278

Email

No

Twitter

madebygoogle

Updates

How to Use Google Privacy Settings
Thomas Germain
Google's privacy and security settings can take a little explanation to understand and use effectively. Here's a guide to the most important ones.
Google is sending a complicated privacy email to everyone — here’s what it means
Dieter Bohn
Google is returning to having humans analyze and rate anonymized audio snippets from its users. However, it’s also taken the major step of automatically opting every single user out of the setting that allows Google to store their audio. That’s why you might be getting an email today: Google would like you to opt back in to the program, and it’s trying to provide clearer information detailing what it’s all about.

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