TRENDING NOW - Police Push For Access To Home Data

By CNN

Published 06/17 2014 06:30AM

Updated 06/17 2014 06:34AM

This new technology has big companies lining up to be the leader in smart home systems.

Verizon, AT&T and Time Warner Cable already offer various smarthome packages. Apple just unveiled something called " HomeKit" which allows people to manage their homes through their iPad or iPhone.

But what if US intelligence agencies or local law enforcement want access to this data? Tech companies already get requests to access email and phone records. Once home security footage is stored on a server outside your home, police could seek to view that as well.

Police can get the data, either with a search warrant, which must be authorized by a judge and show probable cause, or a subpoena, for which the standard is much lower.

If you are buying this technology, read over your terms of service carefully so that you know what data the company will share with or without a legal order.

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