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News Posted on November 9, 2017

Professor Joh Quoted in Ars Technica on Amazon Key

Professor Elizabeth Joh is quoted in an Ars Technica article on Amazon Key, a new service offered by the online retailer in which customers would allow Amazon delivery personnel to access their homes in order to deliver packages. The service raises numerous questions, Professor Joh said.

"Would it be possible for a person unknowingly to authorize a law enforcement agency or a criminal to access Amazon Key?" said Joh. "If a criminal gains access and some harm occurs, who is responsible? And what criminal law would apply? Also, does Amazon have in its disclaimers that law enforcement might ask for access through Amazon Key? Does Amazon plan on being transparent about this?”

Professor Joh's scholarship focuses on criminal procedure and policing, with a special emphasis on DNA evidence, undercover policing, and new surveillance technologies. She is the recipient of King Hall’s 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award.