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Can your smart home be used against you in court?

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WEB Notes: In this case, the suspect willingly turned over the information something he should have never done. This whole in home listening device is a dream come true for the powers that be, if our phones were not enough already. In the near future it seems certain this data will be confiscated from individuals at the whim of the government. Why on earth anyone would want a device in their home listening to their latest command is beyond me. Maybe it is for the micromanaging boss who just does not have enough to do.

On a November, 2015 morning in Bentonville, Arkansas, first responders discovered a corpse floating in a hot tub. The home’s resident, James Andrew Bates, told authorities he’d found the body of Victor Collins dead that morning. He’d gone to bed at 1 AM, while Collins and another friend stayed up drinking.

This past December, The Information reported that authorities had subpoenaed Amazon over the case. The police were considering Bates a suspect in what they suspected was a murder after signs of a struggle were found at the scene. They hoped his Echo might hold some insights into what happened the night before.

Amazon initially pushed back against the request, citing First Amendment protections, but ultimately conceded when Bates agreed to allow the information to be handed over to police.

Source: Can your smart home be used against you in court? | TechCrunch

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    The Fourth Amendment originally enforced the notion that “each man’s home is his castle”, secure from unreasonable searches and seizures of property by the government. It protects against arbitrary arrests, and is the basis of the law regarding search warrants, stop-and-frisk, safety inspections, wiretaps, and other forms of surveillance, as well as being central to many other criminal law topics and to privacy law


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