The “Google Nest” brand was launched at I / O 2019 along with a new customer privacy commitment. Google today announced it is removing the capacity of Nest cameras, Nest Hello, and Dropcam to disable status lights.
Google’s “Privacy Commitment” promised a “clear visual indicator when your Nest cameras are on and send video and audio to Nest” back in May. This was on display with the Nest Hub Max, but Google is now applying this strategy to its safety products. This afternoon, the company emailed current owners about the choice, with these modifications beginning today.
When the camera is active, all Nest Cams, Nest Hello, and Dropcam systems will get their status light on. This is to “make sure that when the camera is on and recording you and those around your camera are aware.”
All cameras and doorbells had the capacity to disable the status light in the past. This soon-to-be deprecated preference has been declared as enabling owners to make a camera “less noticeable, or if the nighttime status light is too bright.”
New Nest cameras and Nest Hellos can dim the green visual indicator only now. If the Nest app streams live video, the light will blink. The light is blue on older Dropcams, with those units lacking this capacity to dim.
From a privacy point of view, this is nice, but many current owners are angry about this change to the camera light from Google Nest. They[ 1, 2] ask if, when the camera is active, this will make prospective burglars aware.