Following on from a post I wrote last year, on how smart TVs are collecting data through 'listening' to conversations and then going on to sell it to third party vendors, Google's home mini-device was found to be listening in and collecting all nearby conversations (although this was later blamed on a 'hardware failure' by Google).
Now there there are new accusations being thrown at the tech giant based on an investigation held by Quartz into Google's use of location tracking data on Android phones.
The findings proved that Android phones were in fact collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers and sending that data back to Google, even when the individual's location settings were turned off.
Although a Google representative stated that none of the data was stored, the company then took major steps to ensure that android phones would not send cell-tower location data. Hmmm....
Google have commented that any tracking that is in place is only beneficial to the user and their experiences. But although there are benefits (e.g. helping police determine where a suspect was a specific time/data), using and tracking this data without permission is surely a breach of trust between the customer and brand?
This all leads on to the question of how much trust is there in the 'internet of things', and does this present an opportunity or challenge for IoT and security businesses? Perhaps it's both?
I don't think I'll be asking Google for the answer...