HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police in Hallandale Beach think there may have been a witness to a homicide and are trying to get “her” to talk.
Officials say the Amazon Echo or a device similar to it was in a South Florida home where a woman was slain in July.
The Sun Sentinel reports that the device, nicknamed “Alexa” after its wake word, might have heard and recorded more than a shopping order in the house of Silvia Galva and her boyfriend, Adam Reechard Crespo. She died after a spear impaled her chest.
Maybe because I was a recording engineer and I realized people simply do not understand that microphones, unless physically disconnected, are capable of being used to record even when you are not “using” them. Many times I had musicians engaged in conversations that were better off being done in absolute privacy rather than a room full of mikes.
Back to Alexa and the police. If you have Alexa or any other similar device, you have a 24/7 bug, bought and paid by you in your home and the recordings going to a third party who will turn them to the police with the proper warrant. Basically you are depositing evidence that can be used against you in a Cloud somewhere to be retrieved on demand.
And never forget that the true definition of Cloud is somebody else’s computer.