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Google creeps into (your) Nest

14 Jan 2014 : google, privacy

Google buys thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion in cash.

In a Q&A section of the announcement post on Nest’s company blog, the new member of the Google family tries to play down the privacy concerns of it’s users that fear, that Google will know a lot of additional things about them in the near future (emphasis mine):

Will Nest customer data be shared with Google?</br> Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest’s products and services. We’ve always taken privacy seriously and this will not change.

So far, so good. But what would be, if the services integrate a Google product? Nest has an answer to that also:

Will Nest and Google products work with each other?</br> Nest’s product line obviously caught the attention of Google and I’m betting that there’s a lot of cool stuff we could do together, but nothing to share today.

In plain text: Yes, we will integrate with Google services and yes, then your data will be a part of the galactic Google database.

Remember: Google is an advertising company and makes a living from knowing as much as possible about you. So, dear Nest user, be prepared to get some advices from AdSense regarding your room temperature, or some hints about a better timing for your drive to work.