In August 2020, a class-action lawsuit
was filed against Google LLC and Alphabet Inc. for allegedly falsely advertising that various Google Home devices – including the Google Home, Google Home Hub, Google Home Mini, and Google Nest – would not record conversations unless someone used an activation phrase (e.g., “Hey Google”) and would not send recordings to Google without authorization when, according to the complaint, such claims are false because Google programs the devices to record, retrieve, and process audio in homes even when no one says anything to activate recording. (Brekhus et al v. Google LLC and Alphabet Inc.
, Case No. 20-cv-5488, N.D. Cal.)
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