Oct 14, 2021
Neighbour wins privacy row over smart doorbell and cameras
A judge has ruled that security cameras and a Ring doorbell installed in a house in Oxfordshire "Unjustifiably invaded" the privacy of a neighbour, in a case that could have implications for home surveillance devices. Judge Melissa Clarke found that audio data collected by cameras on a shed, in a driveway and on the Ring doorbell was processed unlawfully. "Personal data may be captured from people who are not even aware that the device is there, or that it records and processes audio and personal data," she said in her judgement. "We've put features in place across all our devices to ensure privacy, security and user control remain front and centre - including customisable privacy zones to block out 'off-limit' areas, motion zones to control the areas customers want their Ring device to detect motion, and Audio Toggle to turn audio on and off." The judge added: "Even if an activation zone is disabled so that the camera does not activate to film by movement in that area, activation by movement in one of the other non-disabled activation zones will cause the camera to film across the whole field of view."
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