Google has patched the Home Mini to stop some accidental snooping

Google has patched the Home Mini to stop some accidental snooping

They've also, according to their support page, removed data from the My Activity portal from between the 4th to 7th of October for the Home Mini.

No paying customers have been affected by the bug, since the Google Home Mini doesn't officially launch until next week.

Speaking at the event Isabelle Olsson, a senior industrial designer for Google, said: 'It's small enough to be placed anywhere in the home.

The issue was discovered by Artem Russakovskii, who received a review unit of the £49 speaker from Google.

A software bug in Google's Home Mini smart speaker left the device recording everything, nearly constantly, and transmitting those recordings to Google's servers. These pre-production units were not even notifying the user while recording audio clips and sending them to Google servers. For now, the touch control on the top of review units has been killed and no longer activates the device with a long-press like it used to. Now users can only activate Google Assistant using hotwords. It advises that if you apply the software update and still experience a problem, Google will send out a replacement Home Mini to you. We are rolling out a software update today that should address the issue.

Smart speakers like the Google Home Mini are created to only listen for a specific wake word - in this case it's "Hey Google" or "Ok Google".

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Well, the vulnerability was found in the three touch sensors on top of the device.

Russakovskii has posted a video on YouTube showing the Home Mini activating and recording when it detects nearly any sound.

As well as documenting his finding, Russakovskii reported the issue to Google - and the company was quick to respond and investigate.

This seems to be the problem: Russakovskii's Home Mini thinks somebody is pressing that button, hence, it was frequently listening to commands and recording.

As a leader in search and keeper of many pieces of personal information Google is ultra-conscious of any perceived privacy incursions from their products.

A Google spokesperson confirmed the software issue, saying it stems from the touchpad's activation button. Pretty scary stuff, though it was clearly unintentional, defective behavior, which led to the swift deactivation of the touch control mechanism.

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