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Google’s Nest Deal Starts Home Privacy Debate

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LookingOverMyShoulder
LookingOverMyShoulder  
4/17/2014 1:03:49 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: A teensy bit sinister
Once things in your home like smoke alarms, dishwashes, even televisions and fridges are "wired in" or "smart", what's to stop them from starting to insert mics and/or cameras without your knowledge and consent? That's what bothers me about more things that are constantly plugged in and/or turned on, more than anything else.

richheap
richheap  
1/24/2014 10:53:53 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: A teensy bit sinister
It shows how far manners have fallen when not openly abusing someone is seen as gentlemanly! :)

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
1/23/2014 4:54:50 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: A teensy bit sinister
Rich, you are a gentleman - I know you weren't insinuating I'm a jerk :-). But sometimes I do wonder whether I shoud care more thaat Safeway knows I buy Chobani yogurt, say, or that my browser knows I read about some or other Kardashian <blushes>

I think others' awareness of my donating to a specific political candidate or voting for or against a certain rule being floated by DC City Council is something I might get more twisted up about.

richheap
richheap  
1/21/2014 11:00:12 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: A teensy bit sinister
I've read back my comment and I honestly can't remember what point I was making, Amy. Having said that, I'm sure I wasn't suggesting you're a "clueless jerk".

I don't like strangers to know much about my consumer choices because I think it's none of their business, but I still buy things online so I mustn't feel too precious about it.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
1/20/2014 11:08:03 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: A teensy bit sinister
Hilarious, PostSandy! But, I'm too cheap to pay $99 to fish for compliments from the inanimate objects in my home. Seriously - why isn't that a $0.99 app? My son is super into watering our (two) houseplants these days, so at this point Twitter does not need to remind me. 

I want to be tweeted when the milk is low. That's an app I'd happily buy!

 

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
1/20/2014 11:04:22 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: A teensy bit sinister
I guess so, Rich. Does that make me a clueless jerk?

Privacy about my son's school affairs or my finances is one thing. I am not that stressed if people know I drink Peet's over all other brands of coffee. I guess I am a product of the "Like" generation.

 

PostSandy
PostSandy  
1/17/2014 12:02:40 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Google's Nest
I share the same view Toby. Sometimes innovations happen along the way. Raw data may not make sense at first. But over time, you never know what you discover. 

PostSandy
PostSandy  
1/17/2014 11:42:42 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: A teensy bit sinister
Reading your wish list Amy, I think you will find this interesting. For $99, you can use Botanicall to tweet your plant. It will tweet you when it needs watering. It will tweet thank you for watering. I bet we can customize the messages so I can get a tweet like "you look great today. Don't forget to water me on your way out." 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/16/2014 12:51:02 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Google's Nest
Toby, interesting distinction here. Seeing as Google makes its money off of search and advertising, my thinking is that it's very interested in personal data and using that for more effective marketing. I'm curious to better understand why you think Google's focus is actually big data.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/16/2014 11:09:27 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Thermostats and burglars
David, interesting (if terrifying!) thought. Whether or not they're already finding a way to do this, entering this connected-homes age will certainly only make it easier for the ill-intentioned to have their fun.

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