Your Word Against Alexa? Smart Assistants Can Now Be Witnesses In Courts.
It has recently become a matter of public interest on how a smart home device or a smart assistant such as Alexa is used as a witness in court hearings. Since these devices can now be used as court evidence during criminal investigations, it is important to know if your devices are listening to you all the time. Amazon conversations were already used as evidence in 2019 when a person was falsely accused of murdering his girlfriend. Though the hearing is on hold, Alexa might save the person from getting convicted.
The police regularly request for such data to be made available to them for investigative purposes. Data is handed over to the police with timestamps on the conversations. All the data is recorded without the wake word being used.
If you feel like you want to welcome these devices into your home, make sure that you understand the controls.
The tech companies offer controls like muting your microphone when not in use or retaining your data.
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