I have heard many concerns about user privacy and the potential for Google, as a corporation, to take advantage of this information. However, this idea is ultimately ridiculous. It would not be beneficial for Google to abuse user habits as it would impact their company negatively, starting with a decrease in customers followed by a decrease in monetary value. Google could not survive without the trust of customers and other companies with whom they collaborate. Though Google would gain access to information that may feel like an infringement on privacy, it seems to me this infringement would be beneficial to all parties involved. If a child allows their mother or father to make decisions for them, is that child at a disadvantage? No. The parent is educated, and the child is not. The parent has experience which the child does not. Similarly, Google having more information puts it at a better position to help make suggestions for the average consumer and quickly advance the production of new technologies.
The Red Herring, a business technology company, points out Google is not only acquiring the potential for new home-gadgets but also giving Tony Fadell, founder and CEO of Nest, “entrance into your home and data.” Fadell’s influence will be priceless for Google. Not only is he a brilliant entrepreneur, but he also flourishes as the CEO of Nest Labs. The data Google will receive will provide insight not only for new products, but also for successful advertising campaigns. There is no way to deny Google will have more access to your devices, but similar to their previous deal with Motorola, the benefits will likely far outweigh the costs. Ultimately, the small infringement on privacy is far less likely to cause harm then it is to help by further advancing technology.