Nest CEO makes more promises about keeping Nest away from Google databases

Nest CEO Tony Fadell onstage with CNNMoney correspondent Laurie Segall, defending Nest’s privacy integrity under Google ownership.

During an interview at the DLD Conference in Munich on Monday, Nest CEO Tony Fadell said that the company will make all future privacy policy changes under Google opt-in and that it will be transparent about those changes. His statement follows Google’s acquisition of Nest, a smart home products company, for $3.2 billion, which has raised some questions about how Google might put the company—and its data—to use.

“The data we collect is all about our products and improving them,” Fadell said, reiterating a statement he issued about the company’s smart thermostat and smart smoke detector following the announcement of the acquisition. “If there were ever any changes whatsoever, we will be sure to be transparent about it, number one, and number two, for you to opt in to it.”

The “number one” promise is consistent with Google’s approach to changing privacy policies, particularly in the last couple of years. When Google unified the privacy policies of all its products so that it could share data between services (for instance, Gmail and Google Calendar), it placed a notification bar on its homepage.

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via Ars Technica


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