Google Promises to Enhance Privacy and Five-year Updates for Nest Devices

Tech giant’s drive to gain access into the homes of people via smart technologies like surveillance cameras and speakers is horrifying most people. For overcoming such doubts, Google had revealed a precautions list back in 2018 when it changed the name of its home products to Nest. Many privacy commitments revolved around data storage on the device and deactivating the camera as well as recording features. Currently, Google is updating all those pledges with account security, specific references to multi-device setups, vulnerability research, and upcoming software releases. By being bundled together in the new Safety Center of Nest, it is also making them easy to find out.

New Updates for Improved Security

As a part of the updates, the tech giant Google says all the Nest devices that got released since the year 2019 are validated using industry-recognized security standards, third-party. It includes those developed by the ioXt or Internet of Secure Things alliance. A bit was also added about the Nest bug bounty program, compensating the security researchers who find out vulnerabilities in the technology.

Moreover, the revised precautions show the way to keep users’ Google Account safe and secure with tools such as two-step verification. It promises future safeguards by a pledge to deliver a minimum of five years of security updates for all the Nest devices after the launching process. In addition, there are references to its verified boot feature, which identifies whether the device is running the correct software every time it restarts or not. Finally, Google directs its users to the device activity page, reflecting all the gadgets where your Google Account is signed into.

Earlier, when Google made those commitments, it seemed like the privacy spook over smart home technology was in complete swing. A report of Bloomberg shows how Amazon hired few contractors for transcribing Alexa recordings. Even Facebook, which is still going through the Cambridge Analytica scandal, launched its new Portal display to mixed reviews along with valid questions over its place inside the home. At the same time, Google is encountering criticism for putting a mic inside its Nest security hub and keeping it a secret.

More recently, the internet-sharing Sidewalk feature of Amazon in Echo and Ring devices has put the data-sharing concerns in the limelight. Therefore, no one can blame Google for promoting its privacy pledges in this sensitive environment, mainly when it is making a huge difference as everyone is choosing to purchase its products over its competitors.

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