Now, Congress wants to know how this could happen and if we should be concerned about any other Google device. In a letter to Pichai, the Senate Committee on Commerce asks six questions. In addition to clarifying the timeline and intentions, the questions focus on what Google is doing to remedy this problem, if the company has omitted anything else in these technical specifications or if it knows that third parties use the microphone for unauthorized purposes. In other words, Congress wants to know if the microphone has already been hacked, although there is no evidence that this is the case at the moment.
"Google's failure to disclose a microphone in its Nest Secure product raises serious questions about its commitment to transparency and consumer disclosure," the letter says. Pichai has until March 12 to respond and Congress has requested a briefing in person by March 29.