Amazon’s Ring Home Camera System Is Largest Civilian Surveillance Network US Has Ever Seen

Ring Doorbell video camera, Wiki
image_pdf
  • Save
image_print
  • Save
One in 10 US police departments can now access videos from millions of privately owned home security cameras without a warrant. Once Ring Doorbell camera users agree to release video content to law enforcement, there is no way to revoke access and few limitations on how that content can be used, stored, and with whom it can be shared. The cameras are always on. Amazon bought Ring in 2018, and has more than 1,800 partnerships with local law enforcement agencies that can request recorded video content from Ring users without a warrant, circumventing the Fourth Amendment. Ring creates a giant database that allows the government to analyze our every move, whether or not a crime is being committed. Amazon’s yearly sales of Ring are estimated in the hundreds of millions.

What’s the story?

A series of reports from MotherboardWired and Gizmodo have revealed that Amazon’s Ring video doorbell is working with a number of police departments.

Data is the name of the game and Ring is working with police to convince citizens to not only buy the device, but also sign up to its neighbourhood watch app. In exchange, police get access to your Ring video footage (should you agree to it). There’s even a script Amazon is providing to police to help them shill the cameras to citizens. 

I can’t believe it has taken this long for someone to figure out how to monetise policing. 

So the police can login and watch my front porch when they want?

No. If the police want to see footage from your Ring camera they have to get your permission first. That said, they can request the footage directly from Amazon if it has been uploaded to the cloud and the request is sent within 60 days of recording – even if you deny police access to that footage. Separately, Amazon is training police on how to talk citizens into handing over footage, as Motherboard reports

“Emails obtained from police department in Maywood, NJ—and emails from the police department of Bloomfield, NJ, which were also posted by Wired—show that Ring coaches police on how to obtain footage. The company provides cops with templates for requesting footage, which they do not need a court warrant to do. Ring suggests cops post often on Neighbors, Ring’s free “neighborhood watch” app, where Ring camera owners have the option of sharing their camera footage.”

Check out my project Misinformer: a gripping detective game based on real investigative journalism.

How does it affect me?

If you’re a Ring owner living in the district of one of the 225 police departments that Amazon is working with, then you may be asked to share your Ring footage when the police need it. If you use Ring’s neighbourhood watch app – or you’re active on social media about what’s happening in your area – then you might see police popping up in your feeds as they chase that #engagement. 

As we’ve seen with facial recognition, if you’re a person of colour, this type of shiny gadget surveillance can have a much more sinister edge Motherboard reports

“Motherboard has also reported that Neighbors, Ring’s free “neighborhood watch” app, has an issue with racial profiling. The app allows people to post about “Suspicious” people or “Strangers” in their community. When Motherboard documented every post on the app for three months in a 5-mile radius from our Williamsburg office, Motherboard found that the targets of these posts are usually people of color. Unlike the Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal, which is available only to police, Neighbors is available to the general public.”

Read full article here…

Visit our Classified ads.

Check out our Classified ads at the bottom of this page.

Recent stories & commentary

Classifieds

For classified advertising rates and terms, click here. The appearance of ads on this site does not signify endorsement by the publisher. We do not attempt to verify the accuracy of statements made therein or vouch for the integrity of advertisers. However, we will investigate complaints from readers and remove any message we find to be misleading or that promotes anything fraudulent, illegal, or unethical.

Health


AFFORDABLE MEDICAL PLANS: Access to all providers – Low Deductibles – Alternative Treatments Allowed – Priced 40-60% off marketplace!! Contact [email protected] or 800-229-0297 www.ftcproducts.com



Learn Natural Medicine practice at home! There is NO Freedom without Health Freedom. There is NO Health Freedom without Informed, Voluntary Consent. There is no informed consent without education and understanding. SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine, Thai Yoga Center provides you and your family with spiritually based natural health education. ThaiYogaCenter.Com or SomaVeda.Org.


G. Edward Griffin’s blood pressure dropped to healthy levels and stayed there after using Cardio Miracle, a nitric-oxide booster containing a blend of ingredients that supports the body’s natural defense against heart disease, atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimers, and more. If you are over 40, you really should check this out.



JWLABS – Building fine Rife frequency instruments in the USA since 1987.
We offer customer support and an exceptional warranty. Learn why all households and clinics should employ this device. Call us at 888-891-1122 to discuss the many benefits.   www.rifemachine.com


The Heavenly Handbook of Health. “WOW! U want FeedBack? So far I am floored. If I’ve learned anything about you since we met; this book has the potential to be a blockbuster.” Read 18pg Teaser @ HeavenlyHandbookofHealth.com Simple, incredible, affordable health – any age!



Health with space-age technology and Quantum physics. For people and all animals. No medication! Available world wide! Contact us at [email protected]. For principals and testimonials please visit our website. www.Healthytherapy.com


Income

Make money on money you are already spending. Join the world’s largest shopping network. Eleven-year-old company in 46 countries. Info and free membership. www.freedombuildersinternational.com



Free Report: Three Major Shifts That Signal Risks to Your Investments Are Headed Higher. Including the one action every investor should take right now to protect their portfolio against significantly rising risks. http://BuyAndStoreGold.com/pl-geg/



Discover How You Can Raise ALL THE MONEY YOU NEED for any worthwhile project with Crowd Funding! Bills-Business-Charity-Education-Artistic-Personal & more! Free 7-minute video gives you all the details. http://GetCrowdFundedToday.com



Are you ready for financial freedom?
Visit:  www.MoneyThatsReal.com



Ultimate Wealth Building Guide reveals 5 steps to create your own banking system to achieve lifetime financial security, certainty, and peace of mind in 60 days. Discover how to build and grow lasting wealth safely and predictably, regardless of market and economic cycles. www.mywealthwarehouse.com


Money & Banking


Applied Knowledge Conquers the Future. Learn what you can do to start preparing for the inevitable financial crisis! The cost of ignorance is fatal. Don’t get left behind! Empower yourself with education! http://www.WealthControlResources.com



The Coming Gold & Silver Share Explosion!
Learn how the Millers, an average American couple, turned their $100,000 investment, into $3,736,165 (audited) from 2001 to 2016 with John Doody’s gold-stock program (free E-Book download). Go to http://banking-holiday.com, where you will get this book + their Banking Holiday book free. 727-564 9416.



Lawful 100% income tax avoidance: a right recognized by IRS and Supreme Court. Request free report: [email protected] or find NoThanksIRS on FB/Twitter.


Need to Know


Anxiety Publishing – providing more satisfying novels to the conscious community, stories based in a real world, not the illusion of the establishment. Promote your precious novel with your fellow authors and help build a collection of future classics. anxietypub.com


For years a Freedom Force member, Teddy L. has been taken into dementia assisted living, at $2200 a month. I’m a paraplegic left to live alone with our pets. Dementia incurably worsens. Help needed and appreciated. 740-861-3878 or http://www.gofundme.com/f/running-bear/



Being informed is not enough. Knowledge, by itself, is not power, but it holds the potential for power if used as a guide for action. Truth can be overpowered by tyranny only if we fail to enter the battle. The future belongs, not to ideas, but to people who act on those ideas. If you truly want to make a difference in the world, Freedom Force International awaits you.


For Sale


Offline is a documentary on the inevitability of the Earth being slammed by a mega solar flare – not the common type that interrupts communications and creates a light show in the Northern skies – but the big brothers thousands of times more powerful. These monsters deliver enough energy to blow apart the master transformers that supply the planet’s energy grids. When that happens, the lights go out for longer than anyone wants to think about. These X-Class solar storms hit the Earth every 150 years, on average. The last one arrived 156 years ago. We are overdue (More)

 


Subscribe
Notify of
guest
1 Comment
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Ed
Ed
1 year ago

Simpli-Safe, thank you very much.