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Google Home Calls Police On Domestic Dispute

Google’s smart voice assistant product has made headlines in the states, after it called police to a home in New Mexico during a domestic dispute.

As reported by ABC News, “Eduardo Barros was house-sitting with his girlfriend and her daughter Sunday night at a residence in Tijeras, some 15 miles east of Albuquerque. The couple got into an argument and the altercation became physical, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff Department’s spokesperson, Deputy Felicia Romero.”

“Barros allegedly wielded a firearm and threatened to kill his girlfriend, asking her: “Did you call the sheriffs?” A smart speaker, which was hooked up to a surround sound system inside the home, recognized that as a voice command and called 911, Romero said.”

It’s an interesting story that echoes the recent news stories of evidence concerning a murder in Arkansas being recorded by Amazon’s Echo Dot and requested by authorities. Expect more to come as smart speakers become more widespread.

While the concept of your smart speaker calling in the authorities whenever it believes a crime has been committed is almost-certainly something privacy advocates will have to grapple with in the future, it’s important to note that the smart speaker in this case called the police accidentally rather than deliberately.

Still, it’s yet another bit of positive news attached the smart speaker.

Google Home recently outperformed Amazon’s Alexa six-to-one in a study conducted by 360i.

Update: ABC News has revised their original report and now say that the smart speaker involved in the case was not a Google Home speaker. The real brand of the speaker has not been released to the public and remains unknown at this time.