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American Police More Often Request Data From Smart Speakers

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The US police are increasingly requesting data from smart speakers in crime investigations. Wired reports that.


This data can be used to check what a suspect was doing at the time of the crime. For example, a speaker may have recorded sound fragments during a murder, but the alibi of someone who claims to have been home alone can also be checked.

If, for example, he has ordered a pizza via the device, this must be found in the logs of the device.

Amazon, which makes the smart Echo speakers, recently reported that it received 72 percent more police access requests in the first half of this year than in 2016, the first year for which figures are available.

Google Nest also received an increasing number of requests up to and including 2018. Since 2019, the internet company no longer publishes separate statistics about its smart devices.

Police now view data from smart home systems as routinely as data from a suspect’s smartphone, Douglas Orr, a lawyer at the University of North Georgia, told Wired.

“Data from smartphones often leads agents to other devices, which they then investigate.”

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