They're always on. It's a major selling point used by Amazon for it's Echo personal assistant.Yeah, who could have seen that this would happen?
Bentonville Police Department said it's why they want the device, and it could help solve a murder that happened over a year ago.
The attorney for James Andrew Bates said it's an invasion of privacy.
Allen Bates, James father said, "I have a strong feeling about personal privacy. But I have a much stronger feeling about my sons innocence."
Back in November of 2015, police said they were called to James Bates' home. That's where they found 47-year-old, Victor Collins dead, drowned inside a hot tub.
Bentonville Police Department hope any audio recordings can help decipher just what went on in the house that winter night.
All of those electronic personal assistants are listening devices that the users have agreed to put in their homes and/or offices. It should be no surprise to anyone that various government agencies would want to access the data from those bugging devices.
UPDATE: Amazon is refusing to comply.