A group of Senators has released their findings of an investigation of Ring video doorbells. The investigation began in September and focused on Ring’s partnerships with over 400 police departments across the United States. On Senator Edward J. Markey’s website, the investigation’s findings are posted, which include:
- Ring has no security requirements for law enforcement to access user footage
- There are also no restrictions for how law enforcement can share user footage with third parties, or how long they can keep the shared video footage
- Ring doesn’t have a standard for how law enforcement requests user footage from Ring video doorbells
- Ring would not commit to not selling users’ biometric data.
Amazon owns Ring, a smart security company that makes security cameras and systems along with its video doorbells.
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“Amazon Ring’s policies are an open door for privacy and civil liberty violations. If you’re an adult walking your dog or a child playing on the sidewalk, you shouldn’t have to worry that Ring’s products are amassing footage of you and that law enforcement may hold that footage indefinitely or share that footage with any third parties. Amazon’s Ring is marketed to help keep families safe, but privacy rights are in real danger as a result of company policies. Amazon is not doing enough to ensure that its products and practices do not run afoul of our civil liberties.”
In a response to a letter Senator Markey sent in October of 2019, Amazon maintained that users give law enforcement their footage voluntarily to help the police solve, prevent and investigate crimes. Brian Huseman, Amazon’s Vice President of Public Policy, wrote that Amazon has information encrypted with physical security, firewalls, and monitoring and patching of devices and systems. “To Ring’s knowledge, these security measures have been successful to date. We are not aware of any instances in which Ring’s system was breached or accessed without authorization by any outside party,” Huseman wrote.
Does Ring monitoring call police?
Yes, if you buy the Ring Protect Plus plan, then Ring’s professional monitoring can contact local emergency services for you if needed.
Does the Ring Doorbell have motion detection?
Yes, the Ring Video Doorbells have motion detection.
Can your Ring Doorbell be hacked?
Like any other device that uses Internet, it is possible to hack Ring Video Doorbells. However, the company does encrypt their video footage, along with a few other security measures designed to prevent hacking.