"Amazon's home security company Ring has enlisted local police departments around the country to advertise its surveillance cameras in exchange for free Ring products and a “portal” that allows police to request footage from these cameras, a secret agreement obtained by Motherboard shows."
@zemichi It seems like the requests for footage go to the Ring owners directly. But given that there's an incentive to push the cameras and the Neighborhood app, it creates an environment of fear where individuals may be more likely to agree to handing over their data to police.
Regardless, it's a mechanism that appears designed to circumvent the courts, disguised as user consent.
@zemichi It's a very gross situation, I agree.
I think this instance might be slightly different from the ones you describe since it seems police are contacting individual users and requesting access to the cameras directly from the camera's users. I'm not a constitutional lawyer, so there may be other issues here as well!
@maxeddy well... fuck ring I guess
@maxeddy I'm surprised that they were able to get a copy of the agreement through a state records request. Often times those agreements are declared "trade secrets" or other such nonsense, making them exempt from the request for the public to see them. Ran into it a lot when I was a journo. Good on motherboard for pursuing this. And yes, it is gross.
> Amazon's home security company Ring has enlisted local police departments around the country to advertise its surveillance cameras in exchange for free Ring products and a “portal” that allows police to request footage from these cameras, a secret agreement obtained by Motherboard shows.
Wow, #ring really seems to be *trying* to be maximally evil—this comes right on the heels of that time they were paying for scare mongering local news https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/588394/
@maxeddy man who would have seen this comming 🤔 🤔 🤔
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@maxeddy Oh hell no
@maxeddy I'm not even in the thought of "ACAB", but we don't need something that enables the bad ones and doesn't do anything for the good ones.
@maxeddy 🎵 this fucking bullshit needs to be illegal 🎵
@maxeddy lmfao wow
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