Privacy fears over possible use of Alexa to collect evidence
The State’s human rights commissioner has expressed concern about the potential use by the Garda of voice-controlled technologies, such as Amazon’s Alexa, to gather criminal evidence.
The use of emerging surveillance technology, such as facial recognition software and Alexa-like products, must be explicitly set out in legislation and subjected to “effective scrutiny”, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) is to tell Minister for Justice Helen McEntee this week.
Devices such as Alexa and Google Nest are capable of recording at all times. In recent years police forces in other jurisdictions have used the data they collect as evidence, raising privacy and human rights concerns.
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