'Echo Is Not Spying On You,' Amazon Lawyer Declares

Popular consumer device raised privacy questions after Arkansas authorities sought data in a murder investigation.

, The National Law Journal

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Months after Apple faced off with the FBI over an order to unlock an iPhone connected to the San Bernardino shooting investigation, Amazon.com Inc. was thrust center-stage in its own digital privacy debate when Arkansas prosecutors demanded data from a murder suspect's Echo device. Amazon initially objected to the demands last year, only to later grant access after the suspect consented to the release of the data. Speaking Thursday at a Consumer Federation of America conference in Washington, an in-house lawyer at Amazon stated flatly: "No, Echo is not spying on you."

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  • MPH

    I have been curious about this general issue myself. What devices are recording when. I have colleagues that claim there are a few devices that always record and use that data for remarketing/advertising purposes. I have typically written this off as conspiracy theory, however, I hear more and more people agreeing and suspicion rising. And I am beginning to give it more notice myself. Occasionally, I will see an ad on my phone that coincides with a recent verbal discussion. I have also heard that if you leave a Spanish language audio recording next to your phone for several hours you will start to get ads in Spanish. I still feel like a bit of a crackpot repeating that but I ask "what if?"

  • Lisa P

    There‘s customer consent -so - did Echo record information relative in the case? Was information provided by Echo - and therefore it is actually recorded?

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