Amazon's Ring Camera surveillance brand works with more than 200 police forces across the country a new report from motherboard.
It is common knowledge that Ring has collaborated with law enforcement: motherboard recently reported on a contract between the company and a police department, and Amazon has even used images of suspicious thieves to promote the products. But the news emphasizes the scope of the relationship between the company and the police.
motherboard obtained notes from an officer who received a ring webinar from Ring. According to the notes, Ring has officers request images from owners via Ring. Although the police allegedly require permission from owners, a warrant is not required. (Ring said in a statement that all law enforcement requests should be linked to an active investigation.) According to the records, 200 agencies use the system.
Ring emphasized that camera images are not directly accessible to the police.
"Every decision we make at Ring revolves around privacy, security and user control," a Ring spokesperson said in a statement. “Although law enforcement partners can file video requests for users in a specific area when investigating an active case, Ring facilitates these requests and requires user permission to share all images or information. Law enforcers cannot see how many Ring users have received the request, refused to share or unsubscribe from all future requests. & # 39;
Despite pushback from civil liberties and some of its own employees, Amazon has expressed an interest in cooperating with the police. Apart from Ring, the company also offers a face recognition product, called Rekognition, that it has provided to local law enforcement officers and even talked about immigration and customs enforcement. But some investigators have questioned the accuracy of the tool and several AI experts have urged the company to stop selling to the police.