Google will cripple the Home Mini to protect your privacy

October 12, 2017
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The Home Mini smart speaker isn’t even out, and Google is already putting out a major privacy-related fire. Some of the early reviewers discovered that the Home Mini would activate the Google Assistant all by itself and record all the sounds around it, sending that data to Google’s servers for processing.


Google was quick to respond to complaints and discovered that the physical button that can be used to invoke the Assistant was registering ghost touches, thus activating the feature. The company said that a software update will disable the switch and that all the units that have been preordered will have a fix in place. It turns out that Google is willing to cripple the device rather than take any risks.

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