OPINION: Can your Alexa testify against you?
Could you be found guilty because Alexa, the voice of your Amazon Echo Dot, testifies against you in a court of law? That’s what could happen to a New Hampshire woman who is accused of the first-degree murder of two women.
The Echo Dot recorded the alleged attack, according to prosecutors.
A spokesperson for Amazon said they won’t release customer information “without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us.”
This is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s so nice to have devices that listen and do what we tell them to do on command. But on the other, that means Amazon is always watching, which poses a huge security risk. Do we really trust Amazon with all of that information about ourselves?
Jay Mcfarland hosts the JayMac News Show, weekdays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on KSL Newsradio, as well as the fictional podcast, Hosts of Eden. KSL Newsradio is part of Bonneville Media and based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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