It's really hard not to hate Google:
Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it had made an “error” in not disclosing that its Nest Secure home security system had a built-in microphone in its devices. Earlier this month, Google said here Nest Secure would be getting an update and users could now enable its virtual assistant technology Google Assistant on Nest Guard.
The device's published specifications did not mention a microphone, however the updated product page here now mentions one. “The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs. That was an error on our part. The microphone has never been on and is only activated when users specifically enable the option,” Google said.
All the big tech companies -- Google, Amazon, Apple -- are hell-bent on installing spies in our own houses, listening devices like Siri and Alexa and now even our thermostats. For our own good, of course. And here we used to think Big Brother couldn't happen here.