Amazon is Providing Your Private Ring Doorbell Footage to Police
Documents released last week suggest video footage collected by Amazon Ring devices is being recorded and provided to law enforcement. Such footage was provided to police at least 11 times in 2022 without users’ consent.
Ring is a doorbell camera that offers peace of mind by collecting videos outside a user’s home. According to Strategy Analytics, nearly 16% of American households – that’s over 20 million homes – utilize video doorbells as part of their home security systems.
The relationship between Ring and law enforcement was exposed last week by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), who received a letter from Amazon in response to his questions.
Amazon officials claim they were simply following the law during a handful of emergency situations, but did not specify the extent to which Ring can capture audio. “Ring made a good-faith determination that there was an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to a person requiring disclosure of information without delay,” wrote Amazon Executive Brian Huseman.
While this may be true, the implications for abuse are worth considering.
“Increasing law enforcement reliance on private surveillance creates a crisis of accountability,” warned Markey, who expressed concerns that Amazon may start to use biometric data (body measurements and other calculations related to human characteristics) in its systems.
Markey is among a group of lawmakers supporting a bill designed to restrict law enforcement’s access to this kind of information.
Author’s Note: What this means is that if you use a Ring device you are essentially installing a spy camera on yourself.
Editor’s Note: It goes to show that you cannot trust big tech, they do not give a rat’s ass about your privacy. Eventually they will be mining that video to sell you crap, or as in this case, they will report you to the police if they see you posting Trump signs in your lawn.