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aasoror wrote:
Apr 11th, 2019 11:42 pm
If you think that Google still needs a GHM to make money of us (as far as the privacy violation goes) then the joke is on you.

Of course they are, are you that clueless?

Tracking voice commands isn't really any different than tracking web searches or browsing history.

That makes everything okay? lol Wow

The only valid concerns are regarding mischiefs (GH sending audio extracts that aren't voice searches without the end users knowledge, practically spying on owners) if you think Google would intentionally engage in espionage then an Android phone would carry the very same privacy violation risk.

Whatever you think Google can deduce accessing a typical household voice commands stream is absolutely nothing compared to what they can deduce analyzing the photos submitted willingly to Google by the same household members via the Google Photo app on the phones they carry.

It's a market penetration campaign, for every GHM sold there is an Echo dot not getting sold, a GH probably getting sold and an Echo probably not getting sold, not to mention these devices are vehicles for other "paid" services (Google YT music, Google Play Music .. etc) so having footing in your household (even by throwing away a $10 cost GHM is just a strategic move to get hooked up with other services that will make them money down the road).
Couple replies in bold. I can't believe how clueless you guys are, it's unreal. If you don't know about blatant privacy issues from Google, FB, and others, you need to step off RFD for a few minutes and educate yourself. I mean I literally called it saying they could be giving these away for free and now they are.
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If you live in a house, wait for your GHM on your driveway or building entrance if you live in a building. Otherwise, CP will just leave you a pickup slip to pick up after 5:00pm. JK
I ordered the Google hub in the past and I thought my mail man was the laziest! Smiling Face With Open Mouth Apparently laziness is in the corporate KoolAid. Mine left a note instead of ringing the doorbell...what takes longer writing a whole pickup slip or ringing the damn bell??Face With Tears Of Joy
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Update on my end:

Signed up with a new account April 10 around 11am (MT).
After about a few dozen refreshes I got the message "You've successfully registered" - or whatever.
Clicking on "Check Availability" resulted in an error page stating I was not able to redeem the offer at this moment.

April 12, 9:52am (MT): I receive an email stating my Google Home Mini is now available for order!
I placed my order and the estimated date of delivery: MAy 22 - 23.

Anyone having the issue, just relax and wait for the second e-mail!
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Jun 11, 2018
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I just received my email with the link to redeem my GHM. I got Spotify Premium on Wednesday after RFD post was near 1,000 likes.
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NowJoJo wrote:
Apr 12th, 2019 8:39 am
PM'ed!

Edit: He's trying to sell them
He sent me this message lol
"Yes, can give it to you for a $10 Interact transfer"
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Mar 7, 2011
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Finally got my "Your Google Home Mini is now available" email.
Reserved it around noon on Apr 10th. Delivery May 16-17 to GTA
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baz5 wrote:
Apr 12th, 2019 11:51 am
Couple replies in bold. I can't believe how clueless you guys are, it's unreal. If you don't know about blatant privacy issues from Google, FB, and others, you need to step off RFD for a few minutes and educate yourself. I mean I literally called it saying they could be giving these away for free and now they are.
Again so what you are saying is that a smart speaker is the only thing that is standing between Google and profiling us so they have no way around that but to send the speaker for free.
Then you go on to say that anyone who doesn't see a smart speaker any more of a security risk than an Android phone is "clueless" and "uneducated"?!

mmm.. ok :)
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fatcowxlive wrote:
Apr 12th, 2019 10:51 am
I really don't like posts like this. People have used Wireshark and set up a Pi-Hole to monitor DNS and it only transmits data out after an OK google phrase was sent out. Not sure how else data would get to Google if there's no packets otherwise. No, Google hasn't hidden any embedded sim cards into these to transmit data away from your Wifi network because it is both unfeasible and there has been many teardowns on YouTube - someone would have found something. Also no, it's not going to save all the recordings before OK Google and send it along with the OK Google phrase to Google all at once when triggered, because there's hardware limitations and you would notice that your Google Home is trying to send 100mb+ to Google in one shot.

I too am wary if using devices like this, but I haven't really seen evidence other than skepticism about being mic'd up. But truth is, if you have a smart phone you should be more worried about the device you carry everywhere with you with a mic, camera, and GPS along with multiple methods of sending data out. More-so than a mic connect to a wall in your house.
Well put. And I'll add there actually was a Google Home Mini that was caught sending everything a family was doing and sending it to Google. A GHM was malfunctioning and the family decided to check out the activity portal and was blown away by the amount of activity. They contacted Google and after awhile, Google responded by nerfing EVERY GHM in existence until they had a long term fix.

https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/1 ... -said-247/
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baz5 wrote:
Apr 12th, 2019 11:51 am
Couple replies in bold. I can't believe how clueless you guys are, it's unreal. If you don't know about blatant privacy issues from Google, FB, and others, you need to step off RFD for a few minutes and educate yourself. I mean I literally called it saying they could be giving these away for free and now they are.
No one cares dude. If you have privacy concerns, don't get this deal.
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getdeals111 wrote:
Apr 12th, 2019 11:54 am
He sent me this message lol
"Yes, can give it to you for a $10 Interact transfer"
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aasoror wrote:
Apr 12th, 2019 11:56 am
Again so what you are saying is that a smart speaker is the only thing that is standing between Google and profiling us so they have no way around that but to send the speaker for free.
Then you go on to say that anyone who doesn't see a smart speaker any more of a security risk than an Android phone a "clueless" and "uneducated"?!

mmm.. ok :)
I never said the speaker is the only thing, let's not make things up to try and prove a point. I said it's another way your privacy is being invaded and the only reason it's free is for them to invade your privacy, which none of you seem to understand.
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zaphod_99 wrote:
Apr 12th, 2019 11:54 am
Finally got my "Your Google Home Mini is now available" email.
Reserved it around noon on Apr 10th. Delivery May 16-17 to GTA
What colours left?
Sharing is Caring - Without people sharing, these forums would not exist and no one would benefit from these knowledge and information.
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cowmonk wrote:
Apr 12th, 2019 11:53 am
Update on my end:

Signed up with a new account April 10 around 11am (MT).
After about a few dozen refreshes I got the message "You've successfully registered" - or whatever.
Clicking on "Check Availability" resulted in an error page stating I was not able to redeem the offer at this moment.

April 12, 9:52am (MT): I receive an email stating my Google Home Mini is now available for order!
I placed my order and the estimated date of delivery: MAy 22 - 23.

Anyone having the issue, just relax and wait for the second e-mail!
What colour did you order?
Sharing is Caring - Without people sharing, these forums would not exist and no one would benefit from these knowledge and information.
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Jan 24, 2008
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Registered for Spotify Premium using OP's link on April 10th at 12:33PM.
Received the "Your GHM is now availble" code just now April 12th at 11:52am.
Order placed with estimate arrival May 16-17.

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