Nest: Smart thermostats won’t share user info with new owner Google

Nest: Smart thermostats won’t share user info with new owner Google

[Ed. – Ri-ight.]

Nest is best known for its “Learning Thermostat,” which figures out users’ daily habits. For example, the device “learns” not to blast cool air through the house on a hot summer’s day during the hours everyone is at work.

Data on those types of personal habits feels a bit … personal. So, since the day Google and Nest announced the acquisition, Nest has worked hard to assuage customers’ concerns. The company posted a Q&A-style explanation on January 15 dedicated to the post-Google Nest, including an assurance that “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.”

Fadell repeated that message at Monday’s conference, saying that the data Nest collects “is all about our products and improving them.” Panel moderator Laurie Segall of CNNMoney asked Fadell if users could expect, for example, ads for sweaters if they tend to crank up the heat. Fadell denied that that type of integration is in the works, but he stopped short of promising it would never happen.

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