Don't Buy Anyone a Ring Camera

12 bookmarks. First posted by matthurst 16 days ago.

It’s under Congressional scrutiny for poor data security and problematic privacy practices. It’s been engaged in dubious secret partnerships with police departments who can gain access to private home security camera feeds.
privacy  security  doorbell 
11 days ago by mirthe
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12 days ago by ardeguire
There’s a chance you had never heard of Ring cameras before Amazon bought the company for as much as $1.8 billion last year.
Archive  Pocket 
13 days ago by brokenrhino
The first problem is a technical one. Using the Ring app automatically enrolls you in Neighbors, and there’s no way to opt-out. You don’t have to post any frightening crime reports to the Neighbors feed, but if you want to use any Ring hardware, you have to be involved in the service. You can also sign up for Neighbors if you don’t own any Ring products but are interested in policing your community.

That leads right into problem number two. Once you’re enrolled in Neighbors—and remember, you have to be if you’re using any Ring hardware—your videos or data could be shared with law enforcement agencies when requested. This sort of thing wouldn’t be terribly different than any other tech company’s practice of giving cops user data if presented with a warrant, but as Motherboard reported earlier this year, Ring has hundreds of once-secret partnerships with police forces around the country, partnerships that gave cops access to a “portal” where they could access video from Ring cameras in exchange for providing Ring with free advertising. The device’s owners must give permission to share these videos with police, but it’s also unclear how users might be compelled to share it.
privacy  tech 
13 days ago by lundun
Do Not Normalize Surveillance

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13 days ago by tnhh
Don’t buy anyone a Ring camera
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15 days ago by edan
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16 days ago by matthurst