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Google Home breaks up domestic abuse by calling police

11 Juillet 2017

As smart home devices like the Amazon Echo and the Google Home become more and more common in the US, there has been a growing fear among privacy advocates about the implications of "always-on" speakers that could record illicit dealings.

It seems like an awesome tech miracle, but it was more of a fluke than anything, upon closer inspection.

ABC News reports that Eduardo Barros, 28, and his unidentified girlfriend were house-sitting in Tijeras, New Mexico, near Albuquerque, on July 2 when the woman received a text message.

"Did you call the sheriffs?" he then asked her.

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For 30 hours or so, Prime members will be able to pick up the intelligent cylinder for $90 after a 50 percent markdown, an irresistible steal that Big G is looking to neutralize with its own "limited quantity" Google Home offer on eBay. "The unexpected use of this new technology to contact emergency services has possibly helped save a life", the County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales later said in a statement. "This incredible technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation", Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III told ABC News.

Barros is being held without bail on charges of "possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon, aggravated battery against a household member, aggravated assault against a household member and false imprisonment".

It might not be the only smart speaker to save a life, with third-party apps for Amazon Echo giving users CPR instructions.

Google Home breaks up domestic abuse by calling police