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Smart Devices Can Track Your All Activity In Your Home For The Government, Do You Really Want That?

Posted by James D. Campbell | Mar 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

I have been contemplating buying an Echo. They sound like really useful devices to keep your calendar, play music, and possibly be the hub of a “smart home.”  Google sells a similar device called the Google Home.  Apple's version is development. Today's announcement by Amazon has caused me to halt this thought in its tracks. 

Today, Amazon agreed to hand over user data collected by its Echo smart device for a murder investigation in Arkansas.  In response to a warrant, Amazon produced 48 hours of data collected by the Echo.  Presumably, this data includes all conversations recorded by the device.  This may also include data including noises in the home, and certainly would include the activation of any other device, i.e. lights or home security hardware, connected to the Echo.

The implications of this are staggering.  This means that once you bring these assistant type devices into your home, authorities can potentially gain access to all the activities in your home. Everything you say, everything you do, or your location in your home all become available to the government.  This sanctuary of privacy no longer is private. 

This news should cause people to think long and hard about granting this kind of access to their personal lives. 

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James D. Campbell

Jim Campbell is an experienced medical malpractice trial lawyer. Jim learned the craft of medical malpractice litigation law representing physicians and hospitals throughout the State of Arizona. He successfully tried many lawsuits on behalf of physicians and hospitals, even when the odds were overwhelmingly against his client. Now, Jim uses his skill and experience representing patients. His defense experience gives him an advantage in anticipating the tactics that physicians and their lawyers will use. He is able to proactively engineer his client's case to successfully meet those strategies.

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