This allows law enforcement authorities to require users to obtain video clips from their security cameras Special to help with investigations.
Cooperation with the Amazon-owned company did not slow down in 2020, despite the disagreements, but rather escalated.
More than 1,189 departments joined the smart home security brand’s collaboration program in 2020 for a total of 2014, representing a steep rise from 703 departments in 2019 and only 40 in 2018.
The Financial Times reported that local law enforcement departments via the platform requested Ring Network videos for a total of more than 22,335 incidents in 2020.
And show Data It also revealed that law enforcement agencies submitted nearly 1,900 requests – such as subpoenas, search warrants, and court orders – to obtain footage or data from cameras even after the device’s owner rejected the request.
Police in Milwaukee, the largest city in Wisconsin, requested video clips of 431 incidents in the second half of 2020 due to the high level of homicide.
The numbers showed that Amazon complied with such requests by 57 percent, down from 68 percent in 2019.
Privacy advocates have raised concerns about how Ring network data is used and made available to law enforcement.
The Neighbors app, which allows Ring users to share videos with others nearby, has been criticized for containing racist comments and reports.
And found report From NBC News this past February, the Ring footage wasn’t very helpful for solving crimes.
And when useful, Ring footage was used mostly for low-level nonviolent property crime, like the theft of the Nintendo Switch.
“Photos and videos of neighbors and passers-by may be taken by camera without approval,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation told the Financial Times. This represents a huge and unchallenged surveillance network.
Earlier this month, Ring began adding end-to-end encryption support to its cameras.