Thought provoking article.
A couple of things stood out in the article:
There are higher security settings that Ring users can change on their devices to and start using , though. By changing these settings, users can ensure that no third parties (like Ring or the police) can access their recordings and know they’re not recording any protected free speech that happens within 30 feet of their front doors.
Wyze doorbells and cams already have this feature. Advanced Settings → Record Sound.
Hey Wyze… End to End encryption?
However, it’s become undeniable that police view video doorbell technology as a free law enforcement tool
Sure, so long as the public can freely access the police cam footage as well. We wouldn’t want anyone to think there is some sort of privilege there.
how often police have requested data (approximately 20,000 requests in 2021)
Nearly 55 requests per day.
2.28 requests per hour, every hour, every day, for 1 year. Just from Ring.
When it comes to sharing private data with police, Ring’s audit agreed that more regulations were needed, with the Policing Project reporting, “one of our central conclusions is that it is time policymakers pay attention to and regulate the ways that policing agencies rely on commercialized private surveillance.” Until lawmakers catch up, Markey says he’ll “continue to exercise oversight of these ”
Harmful Corporate Practices… Indeed.
the public will continue slowly gaining more data on whether video doorbells provide more security for users—or if could be leaving them open to more threats.
One can only assume that users would show more loyalty toward and be more apt to recommend a company that values the rights and privacy of users.