Amazon reveals it is sharing ring camera footage with police without permission

Amazon The Senator shares footage from the Ring’s doorbell cameras with the police without the permission of the owners. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) Said Wednesday.

An increasing number of law enforcement agencies are using the Ring platform, which allows them to request video footage from clients. The platform, called Neighbors Public Safety Service, has 2,161 law enforcement users, “more than five times as many” since the end of 2019, Marki said.

According to Marca, this year, Ring passed video recordings of doorbells to the police 11 times without the consent of customers.

“We cannot consider this surveillance inevitable,” Markey wrote on Twitter.

“As my ongoing investigation into Amazon shows, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to move around, gather and communicate in public without being tracked and recorded,” Markey said as he promoted his legislation to moratorium on facial recognition and biometric technologies. Engadget.

Amazon said in Mark’s statement that Ring gave police video from the doorbell camera in response to an emergency request.

β€œIn each case, Ring has determined in good faith that there is an imminent risk of death or serious bodily injury to the individual requesting prompt disclosure,” Amazon explained.

The company added that its “law enforcement guidelines” give it the ability to “respond immediately to urgent” requests in cases of imminent danger of death or serious injury.

Ring has repeatedly stated that police cannot view videos from Ring cameras unless they are posted publicly on the Internet or shared by the owners of the cameras. The politician noted.

A spokesman for Ring said the company informs camera owners but doesn’t need their consent when it hands over clips to police in response to a warrant.