I was skimming my news feed this morning when I came upon an article from technology media company Engadget titled, “Amazon refuses to hand over Alexa info for murder investigation.” The article highlighted a murder investigation where prosecutors had a judge issue a warrant to Amazon for recordings on the night in question that may aid the investigation against the prime (no Amazon pun intended) suspect. Amazon insists the recordings by Alexa are protected by the First Amendment and therefore the demand is subject to a “heightened standard,” meaning that prosecutors must prove that they can’t find the information elsewhere and must demonstrate a compelling need for the recordings.
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