Amazon admitted its Ring security cameras have sent recordings to police without the knowledge or consent of the people who own the cameras.
Responding to an inquiry from Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.),
“In each instance, Ring made a good-faith determination that there was an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to a person requiring disclosure of information without delay,” the company said in its statement to Markey.
There have long been concerns about Ring cameras and how Amazon coordinates with law enforcement. In 2020 Mashable’s Jess Joho
“As my ongoing investigation into Amazon illustrates, it has become increasingly difficult for the public to move, assemble, and converse in public without being tracked and recorded,” Markey
In the letter to Markey, Amazon would not commit to never using voice recognition tech and would also not commit to stopping the practice of automatically recording audio when it takes video footage. Ring, for its part, said it doesn’t just hand over data haphazardly.
“It’s simply untrue that Ring gives anyone unfettered access to customer data or video, as we have repeatedly made clear to our customers and others,” the company