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TechnologyGoogle Nest cameras won't let you turn off status light when recording

18:55  15 august  2019
18:55  15 august  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Previously, Nest cameras had an option for users to turn off the light that indicates the camera is recording . Disabling that feature seems like a no-brainer now, but it was available for various situations, such as for parents who wanted security cameras in their children’s rooms to keep an eye

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Some Nest security camera users are unhappy about an update that's rolling out to their devices. Google sent emails this week notifying people that the LED light on their cameras (Nest Cam, Dropcam and Nest Hello) can no longer be turned off when the camera is on and recording. Google says the change, which was first announced in May, is for privacy reasons.

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Previously owners had the option to turn the light on or off when capturing or watching video. Now, the light will blink.

On the forum, folks are complaining that having the light on and blinking while its recording could potentially signal to thieves when they're being watched, and when they're not.

Google Nest camera users can no longer disable the status light

Google Nest camera users can no longer disable the status light Google has notified existing Nest camera, Nest Hello doorbell and Dropcam owners that they can no longer disable their devices' status light. The company told customers the update in an email, according to 9toGoogle, which also found Google Support discussions on the topic by displeased customers. It was previously possible to switch off those security devices' status lights to prevent them from being spotted in a dark room, keeping them hidden from, say, home invaders. However, as the publication notes, Google previously promised a "clear visual indicator when... Nest cameras are on and sending video and audio to Nest" as part of its commitment to privacy.

Check the status of the Nest service. Occasionally, when the Nest service is down, it can show your camera is offline. Check back to see when it has If it doesn’ t reconnect, repeat the above steps to turn your other cameras off , or disconnect other devices like laptops, tablets, and streaming devices

Google Nest Hello lets you decide when to get notifications about the activity your camera spots Nest Hello includes a small status light that can turn on whenever your camera is capturing video or You can turn Nest Hello’s microphone on or off . Keep in mind, if the microphone is off , it won ’ t

Commenters also note that they use Nest security camera in other ways, like as baby monitors.

"Having a flashing light in the sleeping baby's room is INSANE!" one person wrote.

Google says the change will offer greater transparency and privacy in Nest owners' homes.

"As part of our commitment to privacy, we explained that you would always see a clear visual indicator when your Nest cameras are on and sending video and audio to Google," a Google spokesperson said via email.

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