A joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag published Monday found that Avast antivirus, which has more than 435 million users around the world, is selling its users’ browsing habits to companies like Google, Microsoft, McKinsey, Pepsi, Yelp, Condé Nast, and Home Depot through a subsidiary called Jumpshot.
A photo posted to Reddit taken from a Xiaomi camera streamed to a Google Nest Hub. Xiaomi, a Chinese technology company best known for its inexpensive and wildly popular smartphones, told CNN Business in a statement that it had fixed the issue and apologized for the inconvenience caused to users.
This issue was first reported by user /r/Dio-V on Reddit and affects his Xiaomi Mijia 1080p Smart IP Security Camera, which can be linked to a Google account for use with Google/Nest devices through Xiaomi's Mi Home app/service.
According to experiments done by a team of researchers from Japanese and Michigan Universities, a remote attacker standing at a distance of several meters away from a device can covertly trigger the attack by simply modulating the amplitude of laser light to produce an acoustic pressure wave.
While the researchers tested only Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Facebook Portal, and a small number of tablets and phones, the researchers believe all devices that use MEMS microphones are susceptible to Light Commands attacks.
"To prevent 'Smart Spies' attacks, Amazon and Google need to implement better protection, starting with a more thorough review process of third-party Skills and Actions made available in their voice app stores," the SLR researchers concluded.
Mr Osterloh acknowledged that wider regulation was needed for the technology sector and its use of data, but said Google was taking steps to make such processing more secure.
Do you accept reports about what happened with the Pixel tests help undermine confidence in Google and other big technology companies' use of facial recognition data?
Google has been using subcontracted workers to collect face scans from members of the public in exchange for $5 gift cards, according to a report from the New York Daily News.“They said to target homeless people because they’re the least likely to say anything to the media,” a former contractor told the Daily News.
But the New York Daily News reports that a Google contractor may be using some questionable methods to get those facial scans, including targeting groups of homeless people and tricking college students who didn’t know they were being recorded.
News Hub. German regulator bans Google from listening to Google Home recordings for three months across Europe. Hamburg’s Data Protection Authority has banned Google from listening to conversations recorded on Google Home devices for three months across Europe.
Google goes on to discuss how it safeguards user privacy and how only a small percentage of audio clips go to third parties for review. A recent survey from NPR suggests that some consumers are now hesitating to buy smart speakers for privacy reasons.
In a statement, the company said a small number of anonymous recordings were transcribed by its experts, and revealed that an investigation had been launched after some Dutch audio data had been leaked.
VRT, with the help of a whistleblower, was able to listen to some of these clips and subsequently heard enough to discern the addresses of several Dutch and Belgian people using Google Home — in spite of the fact some hadn’t even uttered the words “Hey Google,” which are supposed to be the device’s listening trigger.
Several shoppers who order their groceries online have reported finding the freebie placed within their delivery, with little explanation other than a thank you note.“Thanks for picking Woolworths, we hope you enjoy your Google Home Mini,” it reads.
Let's just say that loyal Nest-fans weren't particularly happy about the idea of their favorite smart-home device becoming a part of the world's largest collector of personal information. Instead, Google would treat "Nest" as its sub-brand for all of the company's smart home devices.
Google announced new privacy tools Tuesday intended to give people more control over how they're being tracked on the go or in their own home, part of a broader effort by big tech companies to counter increasing scrutiny of their data collection practices.
Continued conversation is already part of Google Home, but not Assistant on our phones, but without it the speed required for true seamless voice control wouldn’t be possible.
So today, as Google announced that it’s going to sell a device that’s not all that different from the Facebook Portal , whose most every review wondered whether you should really invite a Facebook camera into your home, Google also decided to publicly take ownership for privacy going forward.
A team of researchers examined the phonetic abilities of Google Home and Amazon Alexa and found that it’s possible to mimic legit voice commands to carry out a cyber-attack.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google Home, Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod speakers According to Apple's security policy, voice recordings lack personally identifiable information and are linked to a random ID number, which is reset every time Siri is switched off.
Google is trying out a new "Pilot Program" that puts a row of advertisements on the Android TV home screen. As we explore new opportunities to engage the user community, we're running a pilot program to surface sponsored content on the Android TV home screen.
The police have advised homeowners across the UK to contact Google to ask for images of their properties to be blurred in order to prevent criminals from targeting them. Police leaders believe that Google’s Street View tool puts homes at risk of being scouted by burglars.
Within a couple of years Mark Zuckerberg implied that privacy was dead, and it looked as if he might be right. Yet in that same year Google’s Street View cars were caught collecting wifi data from the homes and businesses along their routes.
Apparently something went horribly wrong with this feature earlier, as pictures and videos show hundreds of accounts from strangers listed under "linked accounts." When I access my Vu Android TV through the @Google Home app, and check the linked accounts, it basically lists what I imagine is every single person who owns this television.
Tyler Lizenby/CNET The US Senate Commerce Committee wants explanations from Google CEO Sundar Pichai about a recent controversy at Nest, the smart-home device company Google owns. The committee wants Pichai to specifically address six questions: Has a microphone always been a component of the Nest Secure home security and alarm system device?
Image copyright Google Image caption The Nest Guard acts as a way to arm and disarm the firm's home security alarm system by use of a code or tap of a key fob In response to criticism, Google said on Tuesday: "The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs.
EPIC to FTC: After Home Spying Reports, Google Should Divest Nest Following reports that Google installed secret listening devices in the homes security product Nest, EPIC asked the Federal Trade Commission to require Google to spin-off Nest and to disgorge the data obtained from Nest users.