Why Police Think an Amazon Echo May Help Crack a Murder Case

Arkansas authorities believe an Amazon Echo device may contain data to help crack a murder case, but the retail giant isn't cooperating with police.
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Arkansas authorities believe an Amazon (AMZN) - Get Report Echo device may contain data to help crack a murder case, but the retail giant isn't cooperating with police.

Police in Bentonville, Ark., have issued search warrants demanding access to data after a man was charged with murdering another man in November 2015 within earshot of an Echo device, according to The Information.

"Amazon will not release customer information without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us," a spokesperson for the Seattle-based company told TheStreet. "Amazon objects to overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands as a matter of course."

The company said it would not comment on specific cases.