Google is permanently nerfing all Home Minis because mine spied on everything I said 24/7 [Update x2]


21 bookmarks. First posted by girma 6 days ago.


Google Home Mini has a bug that would cause it to record and send to Google thousands of times per day. Oops.
voice-assistants  google-home  privacy 
3 days ago by irace
RT : Buried lede to this funny story—“everything you tell your Assistant is recorded and stored on Google's servers”
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3 days ago by rossgrady
Buried lede to this funny story—“everything you tell your Assistant is recorded and stored on Google's servers”
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3 days ago by fkbarrett
Buried lede to this funny story—“everything you tell your Assistant is recorded and stored on Google's servers”
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3 days ago by maciej
Buried lede to this funny story—“everything you tell your Assistant is recorded and stored on Google's servers”
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3 days ago by lemonodor
"Without fail, every time a new listening device comes to market, some tinfoil hat-wearer points out how perfect they would be as modern-day Trojan horses for any of the three-letter acronym organizations - NSA, CIA, FBI - you name it."
google  privacy  security  hardware 
4 days ago by jimmykduong
Google rolls out patch to partially fix bug that caused Google Home Minis to repeatedly record, transmit audio to company, says it is working on a long-term fix
5 days ago by joeo10
Google muss Home Minis patchen, die alles mithörten
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5 days ago by grzbielok
RT : Hardware is hard.
For Google.
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5 days ago by jackveiga
Artem Russakovskii:
<p>Without fail, every time a new listening device comes to market, some tinfoil hat-wearer points out how perfect they would be as modern-day Trojan horses for any of the three-letter acronym organizations - NSA, CIA, FBI - you name it. Manufacturers, on their part, assure us their devices are perfectly safe and only listen when prompted. We brush the concerns off and move on with our lives, but not before granting our smart pineapples (did you know "pineapple" is the codename for Google Home?) access to the smart rice maker, smart vacuum, and smart toothbrush.

I didn't give too much thought to these privacy concerns because they all sounded theoretical and unlikely. My four Google Homes and three Echos sat quietly on their respective desks and counters, and only turned on when one of three things happened:

• I called out a hotword (Alexa for Echos and Hey or OK Google for Homes).<br />• A video I was watching or podcast I was listening to did this (I'm looking at you, Marques!)<br />• They heard a noise or word that they thought sounded like a hotword but in reality was not. This happened once or twice every few days.

That is until last week, when a 4th case came along - 24/7 recording, transmission to Google's servers, and storing on them of pretty much everything going on around my Home Mini, which I had just received at the Made by Google October 4th launch event.</p>


The Home Mini was recording <em>everything</em>, and storing it on Google's servers. Google says it was a hardware flaw on the batches given out at the "Made by Google" events introducing this. Russakovskii estimates that's at least 4,000 of them. It has disabled the long-press functionality as a result.
googlehome  surveillance 
5 days ago by charlesarthur
Really creepy... Legit response time from Google though.
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5 days ago by eejay
Google is nerfing all Home Minis because mine spied on everything I said 24/7
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6 days ago by girma