• Will Nest Pass Data To Google?

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    The biggest worry consumers and the tech community at large have about Google's latest purchase. That being the acquisition of Nest, is that valuable data will be passed to Google.

    As much as THEY say that nothing will be passed along to the parent, we are lead to believe that Firefox the popular web browser passes data back to Google who made a huge financial investment into the company a few years back.

    Here's the story…


    Nest says that it’s not going to just hand over its customer data to Google willy-nilly post-acquisition – in a blog post sent to TechCrunch penned by Nest founder Tony Fadell, a question and answer section at the end contains the following:

    Will Nest customer data be shared with Google?

    Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest’s products and services. We’ve always taken privacy seriously and this will not change.

    This contrasts with some of the reactions making the rounds on Twitter, which express apprehension about the fact that Google will have access to Nest’s data, which knows, for example, where you are in your house.

    It’s interesting because the immediately apparent upside of Google acquiring Nest would be the data it stands to gain access to. Still, the quote above indicates that it won’t use data from its devices any differently than it does now, and Nest will continue to operate as a separate entity. There’s no outright “No” answer to the question before the explanation about the privacy policy, however (I’d bet anonymized data still gets shared), so we’ve reached out to Google and Nest to hopefully clarify exactly how the relationship will work.

    In the meantime, the startup’s early supporters stand to make a lot of money on the deal.



    One Response to “Will Nest Pass Data To Google?”

    1. Jordan

      Jan 29. 2014

      Nest has no choice. Nest is now Google, just like Motorola. I’m not sure why Google is buying so many hardware companies lately (hopefully we will see more wearables from Google soon), but without doubt all (relevant) information is now owned by Google.

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