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June 29, 2015 AT 7:52 am

When a company is put up for sale, in many cases, your personal data is, too #makerbusiness

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When a Company Is Put Up for Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too – The New York Times.

…One example is Nest, an Internet-connected thermostat company that enables people to control their home energy use via their mobile devices.Acquired by Google for $3.2 billion last year, Nest has different online privacy pages with seemingly conflicting statements.

One page, in colloquial English, says that the company values trust: “It’s why we work hard to protect your data. And why your info is not for sale. To anyone.”
Another page, containing Nest’s official privacy policy, however, says: “Upon the sale or transfer of the company and/or all or part of its assets, your personal information may be among the items sold or transferred.”

In an email, Alexandra Zoz Cuccias, a Nest spokeswoman, said the two statements were “not contradictory.”

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