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Date posted: 31/12/2016
US police investigating a murder have tussled with Amazon over access to data gathered by one of its Echo speakers.
The voice-controlled device was found near to a hot tub where the victim was found dead amid signs of a struggle.
According to court filings, Amazon was issued with two search warrants but refused to share information sent by the smart device to its servers.
However, the police said a detective found a way to extract some data from the device itself.
The accused killer has yet to be put on trial and it is not clear whether that information proved useful to the investigation.
The prosecutor in the case said he was still hopeful Amazon would share some further details.
"While many privacy advocates have expressed interest in this case due to the technology involved, this case is really about seeking justice for the victim, who was a husband and a father," Nathan Smith said. "The application for a search warrant based on probable cause and approved by a judge is the constitutionally authorised means for law enforcement to conduct lawful searches of homes, property or computer devices like the Amazon Echo.
"Since law enforcement officers followed the constitutionally mandated procedures to obtain a lawful search warrant in this case, I am confident that Amazon will comply."
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