When Google acquired Nest Labs last week for a tasty $3.2 billion, there were a number of data privacy concerns raised in the wake of the purchase. Nest CEO and ‘Father of the iPod’ Tony Fadell has responded to these concerns in an interview at the DLD Conference in Munich.
At this point, there are no changes. The data that we collect is all about our products and improving them. 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.
The Nest CEO and former Apple employee also spoke of how excited he was following conversations with Larry Page and other Google executives when discussing future plans for Nest:
The amount of things that I learned from them, personally, in the same meetings that they learned from me, personally…the two way interchange of what was for me intellectual happiness and the stimulation of being able to go back and forth, and really create a new world together – and in a different way than either of us had imagined – that was personally exciting to me.
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. We were both getting exhilarated by what could change and how things could change, and that we could have the ability to change those things together.
Many had thought that an Apple acquisition of Nest might take place considering the number of ex-Apple employees at the startup and its design sensibilities. I explored some of the reasons why this didn’t happen.
Tony Fadell himself described the Google/Nest deal as “hand and glove fit”.