Reviewed October 2nd, 2020
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Google Home

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Summary

The Google Home is a start home device that allows you to play music, control lights, turn on your TV, and more. The device can be purchased for $49 to $349 depending on the model.

Breach History


Has there ever been a breach or data leak?

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Date of last breach

October 2018


A Google+ software update that occurred in November 2018 which contained a bug affecting the Google+ API. This led to approximately 52.5 million Google users having their data breached, however, Google claimed that this information was only available to third party app developers for only six days and was not misused in any way.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Google may be listening to your conversations even when the device is supposed to be off and targeting you with personalized ads. Be aware of this risk if you purchase this device.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Google and its partners may target you with ads based on search history, location, websites and apps you have used, etc. However, Google claims your personal data is never shared with third parties.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Able to control many devices around your house.
  • Able to answer almost any question.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Some privacy concerns.
  • Lacking sound quality.
  • Does not integrate well with other smart home devices.

Final Thoughts


By using Google products, Google obtains information such as your search history, location, websites and apps you have used, videos and ads you have seen, and more, which allows them to target you with personalized ads. Google also suffered a major data breach in 2018, which exposed the information of about 52.5 million users. Therefore, Google should not be wholeheartedly trusted to protect your personal information.

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