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A major privacy advocacy group is calling on the FTC to force Google to divest the Nest business after it failed to let consumers know about a hidden microphone

Alex Wong/Getty ImageAlex Wong/Getty Image After revelations that Google failed to let consumers know of a microphone in its Nest security devices, the longtime privacy advocacy group, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take action. On Wednesday, EPIC sent a letter to the FTC, alerting the […]

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Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret'

Getty In early February, Google announced that Assistant would now work with its home security and alarm system Nest Secure. The problem – users didn’t know a microphone even existed on their Nest Secure devices to begin with. On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider it had made an “error.” “The on-device microphone was […]