Nest Cam IQ Indoor Privacy Report

Privacy Rating
5.8
/10
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The Nest Cam came under scrutiny in 2015 when security researchers discovered it didn’t truly turn off.1 In 2019, another group of security researchers found eight vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to access footage.2 Finally, in 2021, Google discontinued multiple Nest Cams.

Those events painted the Nest Cam IQ Indoor in a more negative light than it deserved. It boasted a 128-bit SSL encryption, and Google patched vulnerabilities quickly and effectively.

Product Update: The Nest Cam IQ Indoor is discontinued. You can pick up a used one or try the new Nest Camera range.

Encryption

In Transit Yes
At rest? Yes
All network communications and capabilities? Yes

Security Updates

Automatic, regular software/ firmware updates? No, product discontinued
Product available to use during updates? Yes

Passwords

Mandatory password? Yes
Two-Factor authentication? Yes
Multi-Factor authentication? Yes

Vulnerability Management

Point of contact for reporting vulnerabilities? Fill out a ticket
Bug bounty program? Yes

Privacy Policy

Link https://nest.com/legal/privacy-statement-for-nest-products-and-services/
Specific to device? No
Readable? Yes
What data they log Address, environmental data, video, audio, device information
What data they don’t log n/a
Can you delete your data? Yes
Third-party sharing policies Shares information with third parties.

Surveillance

Log camera device/ app footage Yes
Log microphone device/ app Yes
Location tracking device/ app Yes

Parental Controls

Are there parental controls? No

Company History

Any security breaches/ surveillance issues in past? Yes
Did they do anything to fix it? Yes

Additional Security Features

Anything like privacy shutters, privacy zones, etc.? No
Citations
  1. BBC News. (2015). Nest Cam smart camera is ‘always on' even when ‘off'.
    bbc.com/news/technology-34922712

  2. ZD Net. (2019). Vulnerabilities in Google Nest Cam IQ can be used to hijack the camera, leak data.
    zdnet.com/article/vulnerabilities-in-google-nest-cam-iq-can-be-used-to-hijack-your-camera/