In Arkansas, A man was found dead in a hot tub at his friend's house. Now, police are trying to get voice recordings from the Amazon Echo to help them with the case. While the Echo could be a valuable source of information in this one instance, people are starting to get concerned with how private their lives really are.
You see, The Amazon Echo is always listening to what you are saying, but it doesn’t respond to you unless you say the keyword for that one product. For example, with the Amazon Echo, when you say “Alexa”, the Echo listens to whatever you say next. It then asks the Amazon Servers for an answer to whatever request you made. But, when it exports your request, it also logs your request in the servers. With the Echo, it might only actually listen when you say “Alexa”, but with other devices, people aren’t too sure
Ryan O’Leary, the vice president of WhiteHat Security’s threat research center, said, “The Echo has to listen to everything. That’s kind of disturbing. It doesn’t capture voice until it hears the keyword, but it could. You’re trusting the devices not to do that, but it’s entirely possible.” A judge has signed a warrant for the search of the Amazon Echo servers, but amazon is refusing to hand over the information. Amazon has not commented specifically on the murder in Arkansas, but has said that they ”Object to overbroad and otherwise inappropriate demands as a matter of course.”
Now there are growing concerns about how private your house will actually be as more devices around the house have live microphones. With more companies switching to voice control in their products, such as washing machines, refrigerators, stoves, trash cans, and other household appliances, some people believe that there will no longer be a private world.