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Google Home Mini Malfunction Raises Fears Of Smart Devices Listening Too Much05:42
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Isabelle Olsson, lead designer for home hardware for Google, Inc., introduces the new Google Home Mini at a product launch event, Oct. 4, 2017, at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. (Elijah Nouvelage/AFP/Getty Images)
Isabelle Olsson, lead designer for home hardware for Google, Inc., introduces the new Google Home Mini at a product launch event, Oct. 4, 2017, at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. (Elijah Nouvelage/AFP/Getty Images)
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Google found itself in some hot water this week when a glitch was discovered in its soon-to-be-released Google Home Mini: The device was found to be recording the user's actions even when they hadn't used a "wake word" to activate it.

Ben Johnson (@TheBrockJohnson), who covers tech for Here & Now, explains how wake words work, what went wrong with the device and how worried we should be in the long term about devices listening in.

This segment aired on October 13, 2017.

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