Amazon Echo Data Sought in First-Degree Murder Case – Robotics Trends

We all saw this coming. According to The Information, authorities in Bentonville, Arkansas have issued a warrant to Amazon to deliver any audio and records from an Echo that belongs to James Andrew Bates.

Bates is going to trial in 2017 for first-degree murder in the death of Victor Collins.

The Echo’s always on future is one of the reasons security experts have expressed concerns about the connected device. Authorities are reportedly after any audio Bates’ Amazon Echo might have picked up on the night of the murder.

However, Amazon has reportedly declined to give authorities any information from Bates’ Echo that was logged on Amazon servers, but it did hand over details about Bates’ account and recent purchases.

According to the police, Bates had several other smart devices in his home, including a water meter.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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