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Always Listening: Not Always Producing

Tuesday, January 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mary Mack
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Amazon, following the direction set by Apple,  has refused to produce evidence in an Arkansas murder case. The evidence in question are the recordings made by the voice-activated assistant, Alexa. Much like Cortana or Siri, the Amazon Echo and Dot listen for a wake-up word, and then record commands and other words and sounds. Currently, these commands, words and sounds are stored at Amazon unless the user deletes them.

Over the holidays, as I watched my ten-year-old grandson and his great aunt "search it up" via voice command, it is clear to me that voice interfaces have hit the mainstream, if not the legal community. Yet, while the audio evidence may be there, Craig Ball details the lack of an easy button to download, review or produce the audio as evidence here, in Alexa, Preserve ESI.

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