The US Senate Commerce Committee wants explanations from Google CEO Sundar Pichai about a recent controversy at Nest, the smart-home device company Google owns, in which the company failed to tell users that their devices included a built-in microphone.
In a letter dated Feb. 25, the committee wrote, “Google’s failure to disclose a microphone within its Nest Secure product raises serious questions about its commitment to consumer transparency and disclosure. As consumer technology becomes ever more advanced, it is essential that consumers know the capabilities of the devices they are bringing into their homes so they can make informed choices.”
The microphone’s existence became apparent after Google announced earlier this month it was bringing its Assistant software to the Nest Secure.
At the time, Google said it was an “error” that the microphone was omitted from the product specs. The company also said the mic has never been activated.