Jul 13, 2021

Amazon rolls out encryption for Ring doorbells

Amazon is to offer end-to-end encryption for videos captured by the Ring doorbell worldwide, following a successful trial in the US.It means that only the smartphone on which the video is received will be able to view the files. Ring says police in the UK only have access to data that Ring owners choose to share - but adds that globally, "Applicable laws" may limit the availability of end-to-end encryption "In some areas". Ring video footage is stored on Amazon web servers but end-to-end encryption means the tech giant will not be able to view it, or hand it over. The Electronic Frontier Foundation asked Ring to consider making the change last year. In Seattle, Amazon faces legal action over a decision to open up a range of its products, including the Ring doorbell, to connect to each other using home owners' broadband without consent - a scheme known as Sidewalk.

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