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Can your smart home be used against you in court? – TechCrunch. On a November, 2015 morning in Bentonville, Arkansas, first responders discovered a corpse floating in a hot tub.

Can your smart home be used against you in court? – TechCrunch

The home’s resident, James Andrew Bates, told authorities he’d found the body of Victor Collins dead that morning. He’d gone to bed at 1 AM, while Collins and another friend stayed up drinking. This past December, The Information reported that authorities had subpoenaed Amazon over the case. The police were considering Bates a suspect in what they suspected was a murder after signs of a struggle were found at the scene. Amazon Agrees to Hand Over Data in Echo Murder Case. Amazon resists Echo murder evidence call. Image copyright Amazon Amazon is continuing to resist efforts by prosecutors in a US murder case to obtain recordings from one of its Echo smart speakers.

Amazon resists Echo murder evidence call

In its first formal legal response to the request for audio recordings to be handed over, Amazon said prosecutors had failed to establish it was necessary. It said that it had to weigh customer privacy against such requests. Prosecutors argue that the data could throw light on what happened. Police want any information from the Echo that may be on Amazon's servers on the night of Victor Collins' death. Amazon refuses to let police access US murder suspect's Echo recordings. Amazon has refused to hand over data from an Echo smart speaker to US police, who want to access it as part of an investigation into a murder in Arkansas, according to court records seen by tech industry news site The Information.

Amazon refuses to let police access US murder suspect's Echo recordings

Arkansas police issued a warrant to Amazon to turn over recordings and other information associated with the device owned by James Andrew Bates. Bates has been charged with the murder of a man found dead in his hot tub in November 2015. The Seattle-based tech company twice declined to provide the police with the information they requested from the device, although it did provide Bates’s account information and purchase history, the report said court records show. Although the Echo is known for having “always-on” microphones to enable its voice-controlled features, the vast majority of the recordings it makes are not saved for longer than the few seconds it takes to determine if a pre-set “wake word” (usually “Alexa”) has been said. Amazon Refuses To Comply With Police Request For Amazon Echo Recordings In Murder Case. Well, you knew this was coming sooner or later.

Amazon Refuses To Comply With Police Request For Amazon Echo Recordings In Murder Case

Reports came out this week (via the paywalled site The Information) that law enforcement in Bentonville, Arkansas issued a warrant to Amazon asking for any recordings that Amazon had from its Echo device that may have been relevant to a murder case they're working on. At issue is the Amazon Echo device owned by James Andrew Bates, who is accused of murdering Victor Collins a year ago. The key bit of information here is that Amazon refused to hand over any recordings that it might have logged, but did hand over more general information about Bates' account and purchases. Of course, just the request for possible audio information has lots of people paying attention.

Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case (updated) Amazon resists warrants for Echo data in Arkansas murder case. COULD your smart home testify against you?

Amazon resists warrants for Echo data in Arkansas murder case

Prosecutors investigating a murder case in Arkansas have served Amazon with search warrants for data collected by one of its Echo devices. Police found an Amazon Echo – a home assistant that responds to voice commands – at the home of James Bates, who is charged with murdering his friend Victor Collins in November 2015. Aviva launches Alexa skill on Amazon’s Echo voice-controlled speaker - Life Insurance International. Aviva has become the first UK insurer to launch an Alexa Skill on Amazon’s Echo voice-activated device.

Aviva launches Alexa skill on Amazon’s Echo voice-controlled speaker - Life Insurance International

The Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker controlled by a person’s voice and Aviva launched the Alexa skill over a 12-week phase. Alexa is the voice activated service that powers Amazon's Echo, which enables customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Amazon Echo saves all your voice data, here's how to hear and delete it. Amazon’s Echo built upon the voice search capability of Android’s ‘Ok Google’ and Apple’s Siri and turned it into a device that is capable of doing everything from answering questions to turning on your on your air conditioner.

Amazon Echo saves all your voice data, here's how to hear and delete it

However, like all beneficial technology, when the government gets involved, this useful household item is converted into a spying machine for the surveillance state. In a seemingly unprecedented case out of Bentonville, Arkansas, the latest example of how police can use your technology against you is coming to fruition. Investigators in Bentonville have filed search warrants with Amazon, requesting the recordings made on a man’s Echo device between November 21 and November 22, 2015. The recordings belong to James A. Alexa and Google Home Record What You Say. What Happens to Your Data?

If you got an Amazon Echo or Google Home voice assistant, welcome to a life of luxurious convenience.

Alexa and Google Home Record What You Say. What Happens to Your Data?

You’ll be asking for the weather, the news, and your favorite songs without having to poke around on your phone. You’ll be turning off lights and requesting videos from bed. The world is yours. But you know what?