The Google Home Mini device was caught accidentally saving thousands of recordings, requiring an update by the company.
So there's a chance that Google may recall some of the affected Home Mini devices or push out further patches that enable touch activation but prevent the continuous hoovering up of data.
"My Google Home Mini was inadvertently spying on me 24/7 due to a hardware flaw", he wrote on the site. However, the Home Mini's Google Assistant feature can also be activated by long pressing the touch panel on top of the device.
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In a statement, Google said: "We learned of an issue impacting a small number of Google Home Mini devices that could cause the touch mechanism to behave incorrectly".
As we mentioned earlier, Google was quick to take up the matter and pushed an update to fix the issue.
The cause of the problem was what Google calls "phantom touches" where the device constantly thinks it has been triggered by physical input.
Google's launch event last week created quite the buzz and one of the new products that people are excited to try include the Google Home Mini.
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Home assistants that connect to the internet to answer inquiries and parse voice commands are at risk, just like anything else online, of being compromised or being misused by their creators. Russakovskii's pre-release unit, which he picked up from Google's October 4 event for the tech press, has apparently recorded "thousands of times a day" and attempted to respond to random noises.
It's great to see Google hurry to fix the issue, but this is still a PR nightmare. That's bad, you know, because your Google Home units shouldn't be listening to you unless you purposely activate them. He discovered that it was listening to everything and sending those recordings to Google's servers. We've reached out to Google for more information on which devices are affected and how this whole thing went down and we'll be following this story as it develops. The software fix prevents the activation of the speaker with a touch, which was a feature meant to offer options for activation.
The issue prevailed over the few initial units of Google Home Mini, including the ones that were distributed as review units.
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