FUTURE FEARS #4: HOW A MURDER CASE BECAME A TEST OF OUR PRIVACY
Amazon’s Alexa, a voice assistant that powers Echo, sits in millions of homes and is always listening.
For that reason, it was recently demanded by Arkansas police that Amazon released information about a murder suspect.
As it is now, the law protects the individual’s right to privacy, so the police cannot gain access to this data.
However, in the midst of this privacy discussion, the real problem was ignored: Why is all this data just sitting in Amazon’s servers? And should we just trust that all this information will be kept safe?
“Think of the assistants like really smart dogs. They’re always ready to react to specific commands. Also like a really smart dog, they can remember those commands forever. And this concept of an always-on, always-connected, always-remembering listening device is where it gets intriguing.”
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