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Digital personal assistants raise privacy questions

With evolving voice recognition technology like the Amazon Echo, balancing convenience and privacy is becoming more of a challenge.

With just a trigger word like "Alexa" information is at your fingertips, but what is the risk of it always listening, and learning?

Eric Fiske from Secure Network says convenience does come with a cost.

"There is only so much Amazon can do to protect you, you need to take some initial steps," Fiske said.

In Arkansas prosecutors want to access information from the device which was recovered at the scene of a man's death, but Amazon is fighting that request.

"I would say they could have it, but I'd like to say they don't, because thinking about the privacy on the inside, if they have it that means there is some kind of back door to people's accounts," said Fiske.

You may not realize that and every request or purchase you make is stored. In fact, you can find your request and listen to it just moments later through your phone's Amazon Alexa app.

It presents a difficult question to the court: should or can the information be used as evidence?

Syracuse attorney Michael Spano says, new technology always presents a challenge.

"Depending on they way they obtain it, it could be used against you absolutely," Spano said.

"The courts have to adapt. It has to be tested constitutionally to see whether it was obtained in violation of someone constitutional rights," said Spano.

Those rights include a certain expectation to privacy.

"They're going to have to get a search warrant to take that from your home and possibly another search warrant to actually get inside of it," he said.

While technology continues to make things easier, keeping our information safe could be more of a challenge.

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