Amazon is finding itself in the centre of a police investigation of murder case, the police are currently trying to find evidence that a husband murdered his wife and they have requested records from Amazon regarding the Amazon Echo that was in he property.
Currently if a user activates the Echo the information is stored within the Alexa app to help users interact with it for the Echo to improve.
In a statement Amazon says “Amazon will not release customer information without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us. Amazon objects to overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands as a matter of course.”
Police say the defendant had several other smart home devices, including a water meter which shows that 140 gallons of water were used between 1AM and 3AM the night the victim was found dead in the defendants hot tub.
Investigators allege the water was used to wash away evidence of what happened off of the patio. The examination of both the water meter and the request for stored information Echo has now raised a bigger question about privacy with defense attorney Kimberly Weber argues that “You have an expectation of privacy in your home, and I have a big problem that law enforcement can use the technology that advances our quality of life against us.”
What are your thoughts on the rights of privacy for individuals with smart home technology being widely used.