Police Now Trained To Seek Out Smart Appliances In Investigations

Your fridge, law enforcement says, might help solve a murder.

Amazon's Echo speaker, which responds to voice commands. A prosecutor investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a hot tub wants to expand the probe to include a potential new kind of evidence: the suspect’s Amazon Echo smart speaker. (AP/Mark Lennihan)

(ANALYSIS) --- Thanks to what’s known as the Internet of Things — the growing number of ‘smart’ devices and appliances connected to the Web and to each other — will be used by police to solve violent crimes. Your fridge, law enforcement says, might help solve a murder. However beneficial that sounds, it indicates a number of circumstances to


Director Of National Intelligence Confirms Smart Devices May Be Used To Spy On Americans

“In the future, intelligence services might use the IoT for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials.”

Nest is a home automation producer of programmable, self-learning, sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats, smoke detectors, and other security systems. It’s also one of the devices can be used to spy on people in their homes.

United States — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stated to the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Internet of Things (IoT) — so-called “smart” devices, vehicles, and appliances which employ various computer technologies — may be used to spy and keep tabs on people in the future. “In the future, intelligence services might