Amazon Admits to Sharing Ring Doorbell Footage with Police Without Customers’ Consent

This is actually more offensive than the Edward Snowden leaks about universal NSA spying. At least the NSA is a government agency, and there is some expectation that even if they are spying on you, they’re not just going to sell the information, and there’s a process they have to go through to even use the information.

Amazon will just give your information away without telling you and without any court process.

ABC News:

Amazon has provided Ring doorbell footage to law enforcement 11 times this year without the user’s permission, a revelation that’s bound to raise more privacy and civil liberty concerns about its video-sharing agreements with police departments across the country.

The disclosure came in a letter from the company that was made public Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who sent a separate letter to Amazon last month questioning Ring’s surveillance practices and engagement with law enforcement.

Ring has said before it will not share customer information with police without consent, a warrant or due to “an exigent or emergency” circumstance. The 11 videos shared this year fell under the emergency provision, Amazon’s letter said, the first time the company publicly shared such information. The letter, dated July 1, did not say which videos were shared with police.

Brian Huseman, Amazon’s vice president for public policy, wrote in the letter that in each instance, “Ring made a good-faith determination that there was an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to a person requiring disclosure of information without delay.”

In such cases, Huseman wrote Ring “reserves the right to respond immediately to urgent law enforcement requests for information,” adding the company makes a determination as to when to share video footage without user consent based on information provided to it in an emergency request form and circumstances described by law enforcement.

Some prior requests from law enforcement have raised concerns about how police might be attempting to use Ring footage. Last year, the non-profit digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation reported the Los Angeles Police Department requested Ring footage of Black Lives Matter protests from users in 2020.

Arresting these people is against human rights’n shieet

In a statement, Markey’s office said the findings show a close relationship between Ring and law enforcement and a proliferation of police using the platform.

Amazon said in its letter 2,161 law enforcement agencies are enrolled in Ring’s Neighbors app, a forum for residents to share suspicious videos captured by their home security cameras. That number represents a five-fold increase since November 2019, according to the senator’s office.

“As my ongoing investigation into Amazon illustrates, it has become increasingly difficult for the public to move, assemble, and converse in public without being tracked and recorded,” Markey said in a statement.

The doorbell cam thing is the least of your concerns. The much bigger, and much worse fact is that these Amazon Alexa devices that you keep in your house are recording every private conversation you have. Amazon has already said they will turn that information over to the police without a warrant.

The other difference between Amazon and NSA spying is that Amazon spying is voluntary. People are not only agreeing to being spied on by Amazon, they are actually paying Amazon to put spy devices in their homes.

Before Ring came out, blacks couldn’t go camping because white people kept robbing their homes when they did