As privacy concerns loom large over smart speakers, a new investigation has found that Google’s smart speakers might infringe on individual privacy more than buyers realize.
Even when Google Home smart speakers aren’t activated, the speakers are eavesdropping closely, often to private, intimate conversations, a report by Dutch broadcaster VRT has uncovered.
Recordings found by VRT contain startling content: Couples’ quarrels that may have potentially resulted in domestic violence, explicit conversations in the bedroom, men searching for pornography, confidential business calls, and talks with children.
How does the technology work? The commands to activate Google Home speakers are “Hey, Google” and “OK, Google.” Once anyone says something that resembles those commands, Google Home starts to record.