This week it was reported that @Google had manufactured a microphone in their @Nest alarm system without saying anything. It’s being described as a secret microphone. Regardless that this device seems to function as a Google Home it is pretty sneaky that Google would not identify the feature or even as a “future enhancement” It seems that it was always intended so why not say something.
This reminds me of a new report in the 90’s where it was described that desktop manufacturers were installing microphones on motherboards and that big brother was was listening. That does not seem too far fetched anymore.We seem to be at an intersection between fiction and reality.