Amazon’s Alexa data wanted in investigation of murder

Amazon Echo photo file (for Amazon).

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, the information may be useful to a murder investigation in Arkansas, where the authorities issued a ground-breaking guarantees in the event that calls Apple’s argument with the FBI earlier this year.

The police wants access to the data of the Amazon Echo speaker belonging to James Bates of Bentonville, Arkansas, who was charged earlier this year with the first-degree murder, The Information that Tuesday. Since the Echo speaker is always listening to Alexa voice commands, the audio recorded can provide clues about what happened inside Bates’ home on Nov. 22, 2015, when a man was found dead in his hot tub.

Amazon is pretty secretive about how it handles the audio recorded by Alexa devices. According to its privacy statement, the company collects information about the use of Alexa and her interaction with your Alexa Enabled Product (such as type of device, with voice information, contents of the metadata, and location).” Amazon reserves the right to store that information on its servers, and promises to handle it in accordance with its main privacy policy.

A key issue in the Arkansas case, or the Amazon servers that have information that the police can’t otherwise access. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Engadget reports that it transferred to Bates’ account information and purchases you make while refusing to let the police access to server data. Court records show that Amazon twice declined to specify the actual voice searches to the local police, according to New York Magazine.

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Police access to data stored on the consumer technology devices, was fodder for the national debate this year when Apple refused to help the FBI to gain access to an encrypted iPhone. The FBI eventually got access on his own, effectively kicking away the issue of whether or not tech companies should be required to have the support of a research.

If you an Alexa user in question that Amazon might be storing your personal calls, the company offers a number of options for managing voice recordings and view what you have asked Alexa. The simplest is to delete all voice recordings with your Amazon account for each of your Alexa-supporting products. To do this, visit or contact the customer service.

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