Amazon Smart Device Owners Can Now Become Spies For UK Police

By Nicholas West

The use of information obtained by smart devices is already threatening to rewrite the criminal justice system in America. I’ve covered various cases that seriously call into question what place the protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution will have in a future filled with in-home surveillance disguised as consumer entertainment.

However, until this point, the data transmitted or stored in items like Amazon Echo, Fitbit, or Smart Meters have been called upon as after-the-fact investigative tools by police. It appears, now, that police in the UK are establishing a far more open relationship with the users of these devices in what looks like a preemptive capacity.

The Intercept has issued a report about a program in Lancashire, England that was specifically designed by police in a partnership with Amazon Echo developers to broadcast a range of crime updates and information that effectively turns Echo owners into


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