Security cameras are almost everywhere since crime is rampant in some places. You can see them anywhere: in your neighborhood, a local cafe, a bookstore, and other places.
One of the most popular security cameras comes from Amazon. The Ring doorbell can be used for protection. If you think someone might harm you, this monitoring is a good start to protect you from intruders.
However, most people do not know how these cameras collect data. Without your knowledge, it could circumvent your rights or your privacy, even as an owner.
Amazon’s Ring cameras could invade your privacy
Your Amazon doorbell may know more information than you think.
Last year, in 2021, a UK judge fined a man $137,000 after he apparently used the Amazon Ring doorbell without his neighbor’s consent.
At the time, Tech Times reported that Jon Woodard, the man behind the case, decided to insert a camera so he could learn the identity of the person who wanted to break into his vehicle.
However, his mistake was not to tell his neighbor that he had installed a security camera in his garden. Dr. Mary Fairhurst, the complainant, was concerned about this since the doorbell camera could record her activities.
Across the internet, Amazon’s Ring doorbells have caused a lot of trouble among citizens. Many people on TikTok and other social media platforms believe that this device has invaded everyone’s privacy.
According to Wired, Electronic Frontier Foundation policy analyst Matthew Guariglia, the doorbells have an “immediate” impact on people who usually pass through the locations where the cameras are.
What Your Amazon’s Ring Cameras Collect From You
Almost any device can now collect your personal information. For example, Facebook relies on the algorithm of your choices and the pages you visit. The same goes for Spotify when it uses your data so you can see different playlists based on your streaming history.
Of course, Ring may collect information about you. Before alarming you, you will be informed that your details will be shared with Amazon.
As such, you will share your email, phone number, and even bank account information once you connect your Ring account to your social media account.
In doing so, the e-commerce giant also knows your Wi-Fi signal strength and other adjustments you’ve made with your doorbells and cameras.
In 2020, a BBC report said that Amazon’s Ring stores every action you take with the doorbell. This means that even the slightest movement you make on the camera is detected and retained in the recordings.
To break the privacy concerns, Amazon said its Ring doorbells and cameras may collect data from users, but they don’t sell it to other entities.
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Amazon Ring Doorbells in Police Operations
On top of that, Amazon has teamed up with law enforcement in the US and UK. As part of the collaboration, they could provide them with data stored in doorbells and cameras. This would facilitate the identification of criminals caught in the act.
Still, some people disagree with how Amazon collects user data. Either way, Max Isaacs, a staff attorney, said it posed a risk when the devices produced a “democratic deficit”.
Since law enforcement is able to control surveillance, it needs further study.
“They can have thousands of cameras in one jurisdiction … without any legislative oversight,” Isaacs added.
Meanwhile, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Ring would donate 1,000 smart doorbells and maps to victims of domestic violence out of concern for privacy.
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Written by Joseph Henry
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