We’ll have to wait a little longer for a test case on the legal use of data collected by Amazon’s eavesdropper Echo.
Authorities in Arkansas served a search warrant to obtain the data from an Amazon Echo device in a murder that took place in the state in November 2015. Police believe the murder took place at the home of James Bates, who was subsequently charged with first-degree murder. Bates had an Echo in his kitchen. Police were unable to get into Bates’ Nexus phone because it was encrypted.
Google searches have been used in evidence for years, but Amazon believed Echo is different. Although Amazon agreed to hand over Bates’ Amazon purchase history and preserve the data from Bates’ Echo on its servers, it declined to submit that data to the authorities.