Privacy Groups Want Recall On 'Spying' Google Speaker

By Emily Field (October 16, 2017, 7:58 PM EDT) -- The Electronic Privacy Information Center and consumer groups on Friday pushed the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall the Google Home Mini, a smart speaker device that was recording private conversations, saying the problem stems from a "classic" manufacturing defect.

EPIC and nine other privacy and consumer groups told the agency that the Google Home Mini — a voice-controlled speaker that can be used to control connected devices and perform a multitude of other tasks — was designed so that it was "always on." This allowed Google to intercept and record private conversations in people's homes without their knowledge or consent —...

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