Exposed: Google’s “Smart Home” Surveillance Plans
Josh del Sol
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Two weeks ago, the New York Times’ truth-humor strip on “The Home of the Future” came on the heels of Google’s purchase of ‘smart thermostat’ manufacturer Nest for $3.2 Billion. With power utility commissions such as California already stating their intention to “expand third-party access” to in-home data, the perfect storm is brewing for Google’s mission of making you their product – even in your own home.
For context, this is the same Google whose executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, told MSNBC:
If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.
While pushing to nullify privacy laws, the Big G obviously doesn’t care about pesky old-fashioned encumbrances like ethics either, as evidenced by this gem:
I would argue that [us] implanting things in your brain is beyond the creepy line – at least for the moment, until the technology gets better.
The timing of Google’s purchase announcement is interesting, coming only a couple weeks after US federal judge William Pauley ruled that the unwarranted NSA phone surveillance against US citizens is legal.