Social Media / Technology Committee
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by Pat Hoover
According to Vice and iMore (among others), Ring the highly successful video doorbell maker is well along on its effort to grant law enforcement access to your private security-consumer videos without the necessity of first obtaining a warrant. Reported as long ago as January by iMore.com, and much more recently by Vice News and others, for sometime Ring has pushed the launch of a seamless, wide-ranging effort enabling warrantless access to your doorbell’s video camera in their effort to aid law enforcement. While at first blush it may appear to be a great thing — all of us want to deter crime and catch crooks — but do we really want to allow our police warrantless access to our private security-videos?
Ring penned an agreement with the Lakeland, FL Police Department in one recently discovered deal that will allow the police to quickly and seamlessly view what would be otherwise private video recordings of Lakeland consumers who install the Ring video camera doorbell on their own private property. While all details are not yet available, it looks like consumers who agree to using Ring’s “Neighbors” program as a part of its security camera product — only one of Ring’s free online video access portals — will be effectively waiving their right to the 4th Amendment privilege and thereby releasing a user’s otherwise private videos to law enforcement.
The mind boggles. Ring, which offers a full array of wireless video camera security products — outdoor lights, night vision equipped weatherproof cameras, other motion detection devices, network hubs, etc. — has experienced an enormous sales growth in the US and across the world. And of course, Ring is Alexa compatible.
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