Skip to comments.Police can keep Ring camera video forever and share with whomever they’d like, Amazon tells senator
Posted on 11/20/2019 7:01:26 PM PST by Theoria
Police officers who download videos captured by homeowners Ring doorbell cameras can keep them forever and share them with whomever theyd like without providing evidence of a crime, the Amazon-owned firm told a lawmaker this month.
More than 600 police forces across the country have entered into partnerships with the camera giant, allowing them to quickly request and download video recorded by Rings motion-detecting, Internet-connected cameras inside and around Americans homes.
The company says that the videos can be a critical tool in helping law enforcement investigate crimes such as trespassing, burglary and package theft, and that homeowners are free to decline the requests. But some lawmakers and privacy advocates say the systems could empower more widespread police surveillance, fuel racial profiling and spark new neighborhood fears.
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Police in those communities can use Ring software to request up to 12 hours of video from anyone within half a square mile of a suspected crime scene, covering a 45-day time span, Huseman wrote. Police are required to include a case number for the crime they are investigating, but not any other details or evidence related to the crime or their request.
If you own one of those you are a cell in the total surveillance state.
I did not grow up in a surveillance Stasi-type society, nor do I wish to live in one.
If you are on my porch, they can keep the video forever, as will I.
I’ve been ripped off once too often by porch pirates.
Anyone setting foot on my property better have a reason, such as delivering mail, because I think thieves should be flogged on the spot (for first offense, crucified thereafter), and stepping over my property line changes the status from ‘innocent until proved guilty’ to full-on Napoleonic code if anything of mine has disappeared.
Wow, this is terrible.
Who was the NSA who said it..?
“Turn-key totalitarian state”.
Potential for abuse:
Until 18 months ago TONS of PD’s thought they were perfectly entitled to go into driveways and frontyards to retrieve GPS trackers off of cars, or plant them, there, too.
They probably STILL do.
Looks like the state is going to turn the tables on that after all.
Everyone is okay with private firms keeping tabs on everything (since it isn’t government) and then the government getting free access by policy or court order.
Can it be set up to record to local drive or does it go back to the mother ship? If it can’t be set up to record locally, no thanks!
Guess what, if you’re on Facebook you’re already in the facial recognition system.
homeowners are free to decline the requests.
In most applications it is necessary to have the information in the cloud so you can be immediately notified via text/email. It isn’t much useful to record locally.
No thanks! Guess the Big Mastiff will have to sleep less. Haha
If you own a mobile phone the same applies.
We would know that Epstein didn't kill himself.
Who would have thought that the citizenry would themselves on behalf of the cops PAY FOR, install and then maintain ad infinitum the very cameras surveilling THEM...?
I agree with you.
Growing up in my birth country, I recall a thief was caught doing petty burglary in a nearby house to ours. The neighborhood people beat the crap out of the thief with sticks. Guess what, there were no more burglaries in my neighborhood.
I do not propose going to that extreme, but surveillance camera’s are great, and only criminals fear them.
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