You don’t have to be a lawyer to be familiar with your Miranda rights. The phrase is used frequently on films and TV shows and you’ll be familiar with it even if you’ve never been cautioned – or Mirandized as it is known. The wording used when a person is read the Miranda Warning is deliberately clear and direct:
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?”
From the point at which you are Mirandized, you can choose to remain silent in order to avoid saying anything which might mean that you’d be incriminating yourself. Additional protections mean that anything that you say in confidence to an attorney will be protected by client-attorney privilege, but anything you say to friends or family, or even a cell mate, won’t.
You may, however, have fallen under such suspicion that a wire tap could have been ordered against you. This means that even before you were Mirandized, people might have been listening to what you say, but they won’t have started listening until after they obtain a court order. It is therefore intrusive, but not retrospective. And it is limited to what you say on the phone.
Last Friday, however, a New Hampshire judge ruled that law enforcement officials can review the Amazon Echo speaker recordings of a man suspected of murdering two women. On the surface, this appears entirely reasonable, but privacy experts say that this is the “tip of the iceberg of a huge problem” when it comes to protecting our privacy.
“Alexa, Have You Undermined My Miranda Rights?” US law enforcement can now get a warrant to review the @Amazon #Echo recordings of suspects. "Anything you say [or have ever said in your own home] can and will be used against you in a court of law" #privacy https://t.co/19bkw3ShEd pic.twitter.com/vxhyY2kzJ2
— Bill Mew (@BillMew) November 14, 2018
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