“If there were ever any changes whatsoever, we would be sure to be transparent about it, number one, and number two for you to opt-in to it,” he reportedly told the audience during a talk at the DLD Conference in Munich, according to The Next Web.
Google acquired Nest, which builds ultra-sleek and connected home appliances, last week for $3.2 billion in cash. Over the course of the talk, Fadell noted that discussions with Google about a possible buyout extended over years, and that his growing relationship with Google CEO Larry Page and other executives became almost symbiotic: “All I can say is we were finishing each other’s sentences and the visions that we had were just so large and so great, and they weren’t scared by them.”
Google intends for Nest to operate as an independently branded subsidiary, although its plans beyond that point remain publicly vague. Certainly Google is interested in the “connected home” market, which various tech giants have spent several years attempting to crack. If Google could leverage its considerable resources to place a growing portfolio of Nest products in millions of consumers’ homes, it could grow to dominate that nascent market.
Privacy policies, however, have a tendency to change according to corporate needs.