Ring adds a new privacy panel days after the company is found sending data to third parties
Ring adds a privacy panel that allows users to control which third-party applications have access to their accounts days after the company is found by sending user information to third parties such as Facebook and Google
- The dashboard allows users to manage access to third-party applications and services.
- It also allows users to see the law enforcement agencies with which Ring has associations
- The simplified panel arrives days after the disclosures about data exchange.
- The EFF discovered that Ring was sending personal information to major technology companies.
Ring, owned by Amazon, is trying to make its in-app privacy controls more robust after revelations that it has been channeling user data to major technology companies.
In a blog post on Thursday, the company announced that it has added a new privacy panel to its application that allows users of their home security cameras to more easily customize their security and privacy settings.
The news comes after a report this week from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on digital privacy, who discovered that Ring had been sending personally identifiable data to third parties such as Facebook and Google.
Among the data was potentially confidential information, such as private IP addresses and names, which critics say undermines the company’s commitment to security.
Ring is releasing new privacy controls to your application days after it was discovered that it was sending user data to companies such as Facebook and Google
One of the features that comes courtesy of a new control panel, according to Ring, is the ability to see if someone else has logged into your rings account. Users can choose to log out if they wish.
In addition, Ring is allowing users to manage the level of access to third-party applications and services that have Ring heir accounts.
Ring says the feature will be implemented for all its users in the ‘next few days’ and will require them to update the Ring application to the latest version on iOS and Android.
In particular, the company is also adding a tool that allows users to observe which police departments are associated with Ring in an effort to “help inform you when the police are working with your community.”
Ring’s alliances with the police in which law enforcement can request video footage from users have been only one of several controversial practices of the company over the past year.
Above is a preview of a control panel that allows users to see which police agencies Ring has associations with.
Civil rights defenders say the alliance between Amazon and the police has been dangerously opaque and that customers lack a clear explanation of how and when law enforcement is allowed to access their images.
Similarly, Ring has been subject to scrutiny for its apparent lack of security measures that have contributed to a series of high-profile attacks in which hackers gained access to video sources and microphones.
Ring released its recent control panel to remind users to activate two-factor authentication, a security measure that requires users to enter a code sent to a mobile phone or email before logging in.