People using Xiaomi’s Mi Home cameras won’t be able to access feeds from it on Google Home devices or app for the time being as Google is looking into allegations of a possible security/privacy breach where feed from one users’ Xiaomi camera showed up on another user’s Nest Hub device. Google has confirmed to press that it has disabled Mi Home integration on all devices and has been in touch with the Chinese company to work out a fix for the issue.
Xiaomi on its part has fixed this issue with Google, and has also suspended this service until the root cause has been completely solved. In an official statement to Mint, Xiaomi says, “We are aware there was an issue of receiving stills while connecting Mi Home Security Camera Basic 1080p on Google Home hub. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused to our users."
During their investigation, Xiaomi found out the issue was caused by a cache update on December 26, 2019, which was designed to improve camera streaming quality. Xiaomi claims, this has only happened in rare conditions. In this case, it happened during the integration between Mi Home Security Camera Basic 1080p and the Google Home Hub with a display screen under poor network conditions.
According to Xiaomi, 1,044 users were with such integrations and only a few with extremely poor network conditions faced the risk of being affected by it. This issue doesn’t occur if the camera is linked to Xiaomi’s Mi Home app.
The issue was first reported on Reddit on 2 December by a user named u/Dio-V, who wrote, “When I load the Xiaomi camera in my Google Home Hub I get stills from other people's homes." The user shared a video of the camera feed that the Nest Hub pulled up. It shows pictures of an old man sleeping on chair and a baby in crib from another home with a different time stamp, suggesting another time zone altogether.