Jan 9, 2020

Amazon Ring workers fired for accessing user video

Amazon Ring The Amazon-owned company Ring, which makes home-security devices, has admitted firing four employees for accessing users' videos. In November, five Democratic senators sent a letter to Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos with a range of questions about security, including why employees in Ring's Ukrainian office, where it conducts research and development, had access to customer video data. In a detailed response, Amazon said the team based there could watch only publicly available videos and videos from employees, contractors and their friends who had consented to be part of the programme. Amazon did not reveal any more details about who complained, who the individuals were or where they were based but said it was always working to limit the number of people with access to video feeds. Amazon bought Ring in February 2018 for more than $1bn. At technology exhibition CES, in Las Vegas, this week, it showed off new products for the coming year, including smart light bulbs and a controller that would allow homeowners to remotely open gates for deliveries.

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