Google Disables Xiaomi Access to Assistant, Home, and Nest

Posted on January 3, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Smart Home with 7 Comments

Google has temporarily disabled Xiaomi’s access to its Assistant and Home and Nest devices after a security breach: The Chinese electronics giant was mysteriously—and creepily—transmitting still images from other people’s home security cameras, including images of people sleeping.

“We’re aware of the issue and are in contact with Xiaomi to work on a fix,” a Google statement explains. “In the meantime, we’re disabling Xiaomi integrations on our devices.”

News of the Xiaomi transgression, which was obviously inadvertent, first came via Reddit, where users reported that they were seeing images from other people’s Xiaomi security cameras via Google Home/Nest devices and Google Assistant. But it’s also troubling that such a mistake can be made at all.

I’m not aware of any Xiaomi comment or explanation for this issue. But Google has indeed disabled all Xiaomi Mi Home product integrations with Google Home, Nest, and Assistant. Am curious to see what the resolution is here.

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