Google in this October event, release multiple smart devices including Google Home Mini smart speaker. The device is facing criticism before it goes on the doorstep of the users. According to the report, one of the reporter pointed in its review of the Google Home Mini smart speaker, the devices are recording the personal data and what is going on around to you, then it sends your information with Google without any permission. However, on that the company take actions on the recognition of the fault and release an update to fix it.
According to the report, the researcher believes three touch sensors on the top of the screen are responsible for the vulnerabilities that cause data recording. Google disabled the three touch screen sensors by releasing of the Google Home Mini Speaker update.
However, these three sensors are for the respond of any command that is given by the user, like the user command to “Hey Google” or “Ok Google.” When you give command whatever you asked from Google, it was recording your data and then respond to give your required answer or search. Google stated as:
“We learned of an issue impacting a small number of Google Home Mini devices that could cause the touch mechanism to behave incorrectly. We rolled out an update on October 7 to mitigate the issue. If you’re still having issues, please feel free to contact Google Support at 1-855-971-9121 to get a replacement Google Home Mini.”
However, the issue is reported initially when a few of the units distributed to reviewer to review. The issue found in the speaker is pointing the poor quality of hardware search giant used for the Mini Speakers. On contrast, some of the users think negatively, they blame the smart speaker is nothing just record the user data and transfer it to Google. But the good for the company that the developers able to resolve the issue.
One of the Google spokesperson stated as:
We take user privacy and product quality concerns very seriously. Although we only received a few reports of this issue, we want people to have complete peace of mind while using Google Home Mini.
We have made the decision to permanently remove all top touch functionality on the Google Home Mini. As before, the best way to control and activate Google Home Mini is through voice, by saying “Ok Google” or “Hey Google,” which is already how most people engage with our Google Home products. You can still adjust the volume by using the touch control on the side of the device.”