Nest Hello Video Doorbell
The Nest Hello Video Doorbell is a smart door bell that is equipped with HD video, two-way audio, a motion sensor, infrared night vision, and 24/7 streaming capability. It allows you to speak to people at your door from your phone or computer and even allows you to leave pre-recorded messages. The Hello Video Doorbell can be purchased for $229.
Has there ever been a breach or data leak?
Date of last breach
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.
Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?
Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?
Does it have parental controls?
Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?
Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?
Does it require you to create a strong password?
Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?
How Can It Snoop?
Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?
Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?
Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?
Does it require an email address to use?
Does it require a phone number to use?
Does it require an address (home or office) to use?
Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?
Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?
Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?
Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?
What Could Go Wrong?
Nest is owned by Google, which means that the device is protected behind its security features, but is also subjected to its privacy guidelines, which allows them to target you with ads based on your interactions. Google Assistant could also be listening to conversations even when it is not in use, or sending facial recognition data to Google. Be aware of these risks before purchasing this product.
How Does It Share Your Data?
Nest users now must create Google accounts, which means Google can target you with ads based on your searches, location, websites and apps you have used, videos and ads you have seen, etc. However, Google claims personal data is never sold to third parties.
- Great video quality.
- Google Assistant integration.
- Facial recognition.
- Data privacy concerns.
- Uses significant bandwidth to upload video.
- Requires hardwired connection.
By using Nest 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.