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Nest CEO says future changes to privacy policy will be "opt-in"

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On Monday at the DLD Conference in Munich, Germany, Nest CEO Tony Fadell announced that any changes to the Nest's privacy policy with Google will be "opt-in".

Last week, Google announced that it will be buying Nest Labs for $3.2 billion, and while this is great for Google, many users are wary about Google acquiring the behavior tracking information that Nest collects.

By far Nest's most successful product has been its "learning thermostat", which monitors activities in your house in order to maximize the efficiency of temperature control. However, this information could also be used by Google for less helpful purposes, such as personalized advertisements.

On the day of the announcement, Nest posted a Q&A in which it said:

Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest’s products and services. We’ve always taken privacy seriously

At the DLD Conference today, Fadell expanded on this:

If there were ever any changes whatsoever, we would be sure to be transparent about it, number one, and number two for you to opt-in to it.

It seems that for now, Nest users will be free from Google tracking their behaviors.

Would you be against Google having access to your activity information? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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