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A messed up Google Home Mini recorded a tech reporter 24/7

A messed up Google Home Mini recorded a tech reporter 24/7
From TechCrunch - October 10, 2017

The idea of inviting an always-on recording device into our bedrooms would have once seemed beyond creepy, but now most consumers hardly give it a second thought.

As Android Police reports, asmall number of Google Home Mini review units given to tech reviewers malfunctioned, persistently recording audio in the background without being activated by a hotword. The Home Mini units gave no indication they were recording beyond silently flashing their four display lightsa notification that youd only notice if you were looking directly at the device.

As observed on the dysfunctional Home Mini unit that raised the red flag:

Several days passed without me noticing anything wrong. In the meantime, as it turns out, the Mini was behaving very differently from all the other Homes and Echos in my homeit was waking up thousands of times a day, recording, then sending those recordings to Google.

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