Aug 1, 2019

Amazon Ring: Police tie-up criticised by anti-surveillance campaigners

Amazon Ring Amazon has been criticised for partnering with at least 200 law enforcement agencies to carry out surveillance via its Ring doorbells. The bells send live video of customers' doorsteps to their smartphones, computers or Amazon Echo devices. Digital rights campaign group Fight for the Future says Amazon is encouraging neighbours to spy on each other. The partnerships allow police officers to ask customers to "Share videos" and information about crime and safety issues in their area via the Ring app. Fight for the Future deputy director Evan Greer told Motherboard: "Amazon is building a privately run, for-profit surveillance state and they're getting local police to market it for them in exchange for VIP access."

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