Security cameras are almost everywhere, as crimes are rampant in some places. You can see them everywhere: in your neighborhood, local coffee shop, bookstore and other locations.
One of the most popular security cameras comes from Amazon. The Ring doorbell can be used for protection. If you think someone could harm you, this surveillance is a good start to protect you from intruders.
However, most people do not know how these cameras collect data. Even as an owner, it can bypass your rights or privacy without your knowledge.
Amazon’s ring cameras can invade your privacy
Your Amazon doorbell may know more information than you can ever imagine.
Last year, 2021, a British judge fined a man $137,000 after he allegedly used the Amazon Ring Doorbell without his neighbor’s permission.
At the time, Tech Times reported that Jon Woodard, the man behind this case, decided to enclose a camera so he could know the identity of the person who wanted to carjack his vehicle.
His mistake, however, was not to tell his neighbor that he had placed a security camera in her backyard. dr. Mary Fairhurst, the complainant, was concerned about this because the doorbell’s camera was able to record her activities.
All over the internet, Amazon’s Ring doorbells caused a lot of trouble for citizens. Many people on TikTok and other social media platforms think that this equipment has violated everyone’s privacy.
According to Wired, Electronic Frontier Foundation policy analyst Matthew Guariglia, the ringing signals “immediately” affect the people who usually cross the locations where the cameras are located.
What Your Amazon’s Ring Cameras Collect From You
Almost all devices can now collect your personal information. For example, Facebook relies on the algorithm of your choices and the pages you visit. The same case goes for Spotify when it uses your data, so you can see different playlists depending on your streaming history.
Ring may of course collect some information about you. Before you become concerned about this, please be informed that your data will be shared with Amazon.
As such, once you link your Ring account to your social media account, you share your email address, phone number and even your bank account information.
In addition, the e-commerce giant also knows how strong your Wi-Fi signal is and other adjustments you made with your doorbells and cameras.
In 2020, there was a report from the BBC stating that Amazon’s Ring records every action you do with the doorbell. This means that even the smallest movement you make on the camera is detected and kept in the records.
To address privacy concerns, Amazon said its Ring doorbells and cameras can collect data from the users, but not sell it to other entities.
Related article: Amazon Ring Doorbell videos are disclosed to US police without user consent? The VP of the company defends their act
Amazon Ring Doorbells in Police Operations
In addition, Amazon cooperates with the police in the US and the UK. As part of the collaboration, they could provide them with data stored in the doorbells and cameras. This would make it easier to identify the criminals caught in the act.
Still, some people disagree with the way Amazon collects the user’s data. Somehow, Max Isaacs, a staff attorney, said it poses a risk when the devices produce a “democratic deficit.”
Since the police are able to control the surveillance, there is a need for further investigation.
“They can have thousands of cameras in a jurisdiction… without any regulatory oversight,” Isaacs added.
Meanwhile, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Ring will donate 1,000 smart doorbells and plans to victims of domestic violence for privacy reasons.
Also read: Amazon’s security camera ring is useful for the Los Angeles Police Department for obtaining security footage
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Written by Joseph Henry
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