Clearly, it's a good thing that such a camera helped lead to information that let the police track down the kidnapper.
However, it certainly does raise some privacy issues.
Spoken commands can also be used to find something to watch on some TVs, and an upcoming Barbie doll will include an Internet-connected microphone to hear what's being said.
With all the stories about governments or corporations becoming "Big Brother", it turns out that Big Brother might just be next door.
In the latest kidnapping case in California, police say that one of the best initial leads they got came from the surveillance camera of the next door neighbor.
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) But Aanya's care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia a few months ago shortly after her mother bought Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office to listen for various requests, such as for a song, a sports score, the weather, or even a book to be read aloud.
After using the Internet-connected device for two months, Aanya, 16, started to worry that the Echo was eavesdropping on conversations in her Issaquah, Washington, living room.
After using an Internet-connected Amazon Echo digital assistant for two months, Aanya, 16, started to worry that the device was eavesdropping on conversations in her living room.
So she unplugged the device and hid it in a place that her mother still hasn't been able to find.