The first batch of Google Home Mini hardware distributed at assorted release events had a serious flaw that caused the device to listen in on every noise generated in a house -- and has since been pinned down as a hardware problem with a key feature now temporarily disabled after a firmware update.
The problem meant that the device was almost always listening and recording what was happening nearby — without being activated.
Google has released a firmware update to fix a Home Mini bug that made the device a privacy threat.
Several users have discovered that the Mini was almost constantly recording sounds and transmitting to Google. This was discovered on the My Activity page where thousands of false commands.