Nest Max this product meets our minimum security standards
Google $229

Nest Max

Review Date 10/23/19

Meet Google's new high-end home hub complete with microphone, Nest Cam camera, and touchscreen display. Use it for video calls, monitoring your video doorbell, watching YouTube, sharing photos, controlling your connected thermostat, listening to music, or getting alerts whenever the camera's motion sensor picks up something moving in your home. It's a good thing Google built a physical way to turn off the camera and microphone on this gadget because could be a better spy in your home than James Bond.
Minimum Security Standards
         
Encryption
Yes
Security updates
Yes
Strong password
Yes
Manages vulnerabilities
Yes
Privacy policy
Yes

Can it snoop on me?

Camera
Yes (device & app)
Microphone
Yes (device & app)
Tracks Location
Unknown (device)
Yes (app)

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. 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
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What could happen if something went wrong

Google generally does a good job securing their devices. And we're glad to see they've promised this: "Any new features that use the camera or microphones and send audio or video to Google will be off until you choose to turn them on." All that being said, this is a listening, seeing, motion and sound sensing device you'll likely put in the middle of your home. It might be unlikely, but if anything happens to go wrong, you've potentially opened up your entire world to a huge invasion of privacy.

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