Ring Won’t Say How Many users Had Footage Obtained By Police

Ring will get numerous criticism, not only for its huge surveillance community of residence video doorbells and its problematic privacy and security practices, but additionally for giving that doorbell footage to regulation enforcement. Whereas Ring is making moves towards transparency, the corporate refuses to reveal what number of customers had their information given to police.

The video doorbell maker, acquired by Amazon in 2018, has partnerships with at the least 1,800 U.S. police departments (and growing) that may request digital camera footage from Ring doorbells. Previous to a change this week, any police division that Ring partnered with may privately request doorbell digital camera footage from Ring clients for an lively investigation. Ring will now let its police partners publicly request video footage from customers by means of its Neighbors app. The change ostensibly offers Ring customers extra management when police can entry their doorbell footage, however ignores privateness issues that police can entry customers’ footage with out a warrant. Civil liberties advocates and lawmakers have lengthy warned that police can receive digital camera footage from Ring customers by means of a authorized again door as a result of Ring’s sprawling community of doorbell cameras are owned by non-public customers. Police can nonetheless serve Ring with a authorized demand, akin to a subpoena for primary consumer data, or a search warrant or court docket order for video content material, assuming there may be proof of against the law.

Ring acquired over 1,800 authorized calls for throughout 2020,

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