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Google Meet now shares detailed bandwidth information with your employer

Google Meet pinpoints the exact moment someone started sounding like a robot.
Enlarge / Google Meet pinpoints the exact moment someone started sounding like a robot.

The latest update for Google Meet is a new feature that lets Google Workspace administrators see employee bandwidth during a call.

The revamped “Meet Quality Tool” will show inbound and outbound bandwidth information, pitting a user’s “estimated available bandwidth” against how much bandwidth Google Meet needed for each moment of the call. Google Meet used to log average numbers for each person over the length of the call, but the new tool now shows each person’s bandwidth in a second-by-second line graph. Google says that “We hope by surfacing this detailed information, Admins can easily troubleshoot or improve call quality for their users.”

The full list of everything Google Meet logs and shares with your employer or school is lengthy. It includes network statistics like jitter, packet loss, congestion, and ping times as well as whether you were on a wired, Wi-Fi, or cellular connection, microphone and speaker levels, CPU usage and FPS, and any moderation actions. There’s also the Google Meet Audit log, which gives Workspace administrators access to a log of every meeting, including the names and descriptions of each meeting and all the participants.

The full bar graph readout.
Enlarge / The full bar graph readout.


Assume everything you do on a Workspace account is logged and saved. That’s a bit creepy. But your school or employer is the one paying for all this, so it gets all the data.

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