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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Amazon Denies Police Request for Echo Voice Recordings in Murder Case

amazon-echoPolice in Bentonville, Arkansas recently issued a warrant for Amazon to release recordings from the Echo owned by a man set to go on trial for first-degree murder. Amazon declined to give Echo-related recordings to the authorities, but did offer some account details and purchase history related to the account — which in some ways could prove to be more valuable. Details may be found at:

For anyone who owns an Amazon Echo and also is concerned about privacy, the reassuring part of the news report is that the Echo (also known as “Alexa”) doesn’t record anything until it hears the trigger words of “Amazon,” “Alexa” or “Echo” and within relatively close proximity.

Categories: Legal Affairs

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