'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


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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