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Nest CEO promises to keep privacy changes open and opt-in after Google acquisition

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Nest CEO promises to keep privacy changes open and opt-in after Google acquisition
Google is an advertising company, we all understand that. And, the way that Google makes its ads more valuable is by learning more about us, in order to target those ads better. Luckily, Google also uses the data it learns about us to give us all better products and features. Even so, there are many out there who don't like that trade-off and lash out at Google and its privacy policy. But, Nest wants to calm those fears in the wake of its acquisition by Google.

After the announcement, there were not only the expected jokes about Nest's thermostat and smoke/carbon monoxide detector tracking your data for Google+, but the more extreme response of customers returning their Nest devices outright. Google has promised that Nest would be kept separate, but Nest CEO Tony Fadell also wants to let people know they shouldn't worry, saying at the DLD Conference: 

If there were ever any changes whatsoever, we would be sure to be transparent about it, number one, and number two for you to opt-in to it.

Fadell went on to gush about Google's top brass and how the discussions between the two companies have gone in the lead-up to the deal. Fadell said that both sides learned from each other and eventually saw a way to "create a new world together – and in a different way than either of us had imagined". Fadell wouldn't elaborate on specific plans, but made it clear that there are big projects in the works. 

source: The Next Web

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posted on 20 Jan 2014, 18:21 1

1. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Nest is too good of a device to return just because of an anti-Google paranoia.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 18:24 2

2. Tsoliades (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


I, for one, welcome our Google overlords.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 10:53

3. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1384; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I'm still waiting on Google to take over the world :D

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 13:39

4. schulkie21 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jan 2014)


The Nest is decent, but for my money I would rather consider buying the Webee or EmoSPARK

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 13:51

5. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1384; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Yes and no... They are still not out in the market yet, but they both seem very nice product. However, I do have both Nest Thermostat and Smoke Detector. I have to say I am very happy with the thermostat since I can control my house temp on the go. The smoke detector is just kind of ehh, since I hope I never have to use it haha. But for the time being, I am happy with what Nest has to offer. But def. looking forward to see other companies to make better product to compete with nest.

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