Google has temporarily disabled Xiaomi’s access to Home and Assistant devices and this is because of a creepy incident that involves a Google Nest Hub and a Xiaomi Mijia smart security camera. A Xiaomi Mijia camera owner has been getting still images from other random people’s homes. The Mountain View giant says it is currently working with Xiaomi on a fix.
A Reddit user tried to stream content from his Xiaomi Mijia 1080p Smart IP security camera to a Nest Hub and instead of showing his local feed, Xiaomi’s security camera displayed random stills from other people’s cameras. For instance, the images were those of a sleeping baby and the user claimed that the camera was newly purchased with firmware version 3.5.1_00.66.
“We’re aware of the issue and are in contact with Xiaomi to work on a fix. In the meantime, we’re disabling Xiaomi integrations on our devices,” Google said in a statement. According to Android Police, the move affects all Mi Home integrations and commands for the Assistant.
Google, last year declared strict rules on the type of third-party devices that can integrate with its system and were meant to support the privacy and data security of users. The rules were also intended to ensure safe integration with several smart home products.