The way Amazon's Alexa Virtual Assistant is ready to answer your questions is that echo-lovers always listen for the warmth that wakes them up. In other words, Amazon is listening in part to your conversations, and sometimes it happens to be strange accidents. But because your echo is listening and because they send recordings of your questions back to Amazon, prosecutors in one case will get Amazon to make data from a particular smart speaker available to them.
A judge found their case compulsive enough to order Amazon to deliver audio recorded on Amazon Echo belonging to Christine Sullivan and Jenna Pelligrini, both of whom were found dead with several stabs in January 2017.
The main suspect is the 36 year-old Timothy Verrill, Business Insider reports who did not claim to be guilty of the crimes and awaiting trial in May 201
"The investigators believe that Sullivan was attacked in the kitchen at 979 Meaderboro Road where the echo was located, and the prosecutors believe that there is a probable reason for believing that there is evidence of the echo, such as sound recordings of the attack and the events that followed, prosecutors said
Amazon told NBC News that it will not release customer information "without a valid and binding legal request that is properly served on us."
This is the second time Amazon has had to deal with such a case. The previous case where investigators wanted to inspect echodata for evidence that could confirm suspicions of murder occurred in 2015. An Arkansas police officer died in a hot tub and Amazon refused to comply with the request Amazon handed over the data after the consent of the echo owner, but the speaker gave no fruitful evidence. The charge was later rejected.