Can Amazon Echo data be used as evidence in murder case?

Prosecutors in Arkansas are making what could be the first request of its kind: a search warrant for data from an Amazon Echo, Amazon’s personal assistant device which uses voice recognition technology to answer users’ questions. 

The search warrant targets an Amazon Echo owned by James Bates, who is accused of strangling and drowning a man in his home last year. Bates has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder. 

The victim, Victor Collins, was found dead in Bates’ hot tub after a night of drinking. Bates’ attorneys characterize the death as an accident.

Lacking physical evidence, prosectors want to take a closer look at data associated with Bates’ Amazon Echo, which, they say, was in use streaming music the evening before the victim was found dead in Bates’ home.

Amazon Echo does not continuously record audio of its surroundings, but is…

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