Ring let the police use the heat map to easily see all the devices in the area

The Amazon-owned ring has been caught up in yet another row over how it allows the police to access users' data.

The ring gave law enforcement a heat map so they could see all of the ring devices in a given area, down to the exact street, according to CNET, which said documents revealing the heat map were obtained by a privacy researcher. The feature, which was sunsetted in July, allowed police to search neighborhoods for camera owners and even circle certain ring users' locations.

Ring is facing a lot of criticism for allowing police departments to contact us to request user videos. It claims to provide data to law enforcement on who owns their products, and if this Cnet report is true, law enforcement can at least determine who owns the ring device nearby, and then with some quick snooping, they can then it is easy to match the addresses with those who live there.

That said, Ring told CNET that zooming in on the heatmap "won't provide actual device locations."

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The first said in January that the ring allows employees to access unencrypted support videos from its door. In response, this ring says the person only gets access to the video posted on the Internet through the Neighbors Watch community program. Then, in August, Ring said coached police on how to coax Ring users into releasing footage without a warrant.

Add it all up and Amazon seems to be happy to open the door to multiple privacy and civil liberties violations.


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