Investigators Push for Amazon Echo Recordings in Ark. Murder Case


BENTONVILLE, Ark. — A murder case in Bentonville, Arkansas is raising concerns with privacy advocates.

Investigators issued a search warrant for the audio recordings of an Amazon Echo.

The device was found at the home of James Andrew Bates who was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Amazon Echo is a speaker that can also record your voice which is then stored in your personal cloud. And that’s what prosecutors wish to access, saying it’s evidence in the case.

Bates’ attorney, Kimberly Weber, disagrees. “That’s information that needs to be private. And to use it, to take an innocent man, and to charge him with this crime, is an… It’s an anomaly in and of itself. But it’s absurd after 23 years of doing this, I’ve never seen a case like it.”

In a statement, Amazon said it will …”not release customer information without a valid and binding legal demand properly served.”

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