Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera this product meets our minimum security standards
Nest $299

Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera

Review Date 10/23/19

Cameras are everywhere these days. If you want to jump on the bandwagon, Google's Nest Cam offers HD-video, 24/7 recording, alert you when it detects motion, has multiple microphone for detecting loud noises, and the IQ even has Google Assistant built in so you can ask it to call 911 when it detects that scary motion. It even says it can tell a person from a thing and lets you talk back to them. Which is either handy when it comes to chasing away the bad guys, or tons of fun when it comes to scaring the pants off that buddy who’s looking after your cat.

Minimum Security Standards

         

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Encryption
Yes
Uses encryption in transit and at rest.
Security updates
Yes
Does it get regular software/firmware updates?
Strong password
Yes
Do you have to create a strong password?
Manages vulnerabilities
Yes
Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?
Privacy policy
Yes
Does it have a privacy policy?

Can it snoop on me?

Camera
Device: Yes | App: Yes
Microphone
Device: Yes | App: Yes
Tracks Location
Device: Yes | App: Yes

How does it handle privacy?

How does it share data?
Nest users are now required to migrate over to a Google Account. Google (and partner websites and apps) may target you with ads based on your searches, location, websites and apps you’ve used, videos and ads you’ve seen, age range, gender, etc. Google says that your personal data is never sold to third parties.
Can you delete your data?
Yes
Collects biometrics data?
Yes
Google collects and may review voice data from interactions with the Google Home.
User friendly privacy info?
Yes
Google has several privacy pages explaining its approach to privacy in simple language. It has Nest-specific privacy information in one central location.
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What could happen if something went 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've put an always on video camera and microphone in your home. It might be unlikely, but if someone accessed the feed via the app, you're privacy would be completely gone in your own home. 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.

How to contact the company

Updates

Nest Cams Hijacked
Wired
Dozens of Nest camera owners this week heard a disembodied voice insist that they subscribe to PewDiePie's YouTube channel. On Sunday, a voice emanating from a Nest security camera told a family of three that North Korean missiles were en route to Ohio, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In December, a couple was startled out of bed when they heard sexual expletives coming from their baby's room over a monitor. Then they heard a hacker's voice on their Nest cameras, saying "I’m going to kidnap your baby, I’m in your baby’s room."
Family says hacked Nest camera warned them of North Korean missile attack
Washington Post
An Orinda, Calif. family is reeling after they say a hacker accessed their surveillance camera, falsely warning them of ballistic missiles from North Korea barreling toward the United States, the Mercury News reports.
Google exec says Nest owners should probably warn their guests that their conversations are being recorded
Business Insider
Google devices chief Rick Osterloh said he believes anyone "in proximity" of a microphone-fitted smart device like Google Nest or Amazon Echo should be informed the devices are in use.

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