Google Meet now shares detailed bandwidth information with your employer

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

The latest update to Google Meet is a new feature that allows Google Workspace admins to see agent bandwidth during a call.

The revamped “Meet Quality Tool” displays information about inbound and outbound bandwidth and compares a user’s “estimated available bandwidth” to the bandwidth Google Meet is using for each moment of the call. Google Meet used to log average numbers for each person over the duration of the call, but the new tool now shows each person’s bandwidth in a second-by-second line graph. Google says, “We hope that by providing this detailed information, administrators can easily troubleshoot issues or improve call quality for their users.”

The full list of everything Google Meet logs and shares with your employer or school is long. It includes network stats like jitter, packet loss, congestion, and ping times, as well as information about whether you were using 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 admins access to a log of every meeting, including the names and descriptions of each meeting and all attendees.

The full bar graph display.
Enlarge / The full bar graph display.


Assume that everything you do with a Workspace account is logged and saved. That’s a little creepy. But your school or your employer is the one paying for all of this, so they get all the data.

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