Alexa, Can Police Access Your Recordings? Florida Criminal Case Raises Questions About Smartspeakers

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Police in Hallandale Beach want to gain access to a unique “witness” in a criminal investigation. Adam Reechard Crespo and his girlfriend Silvia Galva had an altercation in their bedroom on a warm July night this year. Galva was killed and now Crespo is being charged with her murder. His defense is arguing the death was an unfortunate accident. Detectives believe an Amazon Echo Dot may have captured voice recordings during the altercation and might have a clue about what happened, according to a report by the Sun Sentinel . Amazon Echos have been the subject of other murder investigations in New Hampshire and Arkansas . In both those cases, Amazon fought against demands from law enforcement for user data. Michael Froomkin is a University of Miami law professor and the founder of the WeRobot Conference, an annual gathering of experts focused on policy and law in the field of technology. WLRN’s Danny Rivero spoke with Froomkin on Sundial about the Florida case and what privacy people who

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