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Technology 10,000 people want Congress to investigate Amazon's Ring surveillance

02:15  30 october  2019
02:15  30 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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" Amazon is aggressively expanding its for-profit surveillance empire," the campaign -- called Tell Congress : Investigate Amazon ' s surveillance dragnet " Amazon provides law enforcement with an automated way to request and access user footage from tens of thousands of Ring surveillance

A new campaign calls on Congress to investigate Amazon ' s " surveillance empire". It is a reaction to how Amazon helped the police build a surveillance network with its bell cameras . Meanwhile, more than 500 cities have come together to use law enforcement footage to the Digital Rights Group.

A new campaign is calling for Congress to investigate Amazon's surveillance "empire," Fight for the Future announced Tuesday. It's a response to how Amazon's helping police build a surveillance network with its Ring doorbell cameras -- and it now has more than 500 cities partnered to use the footage for law enforcement purposes, according to the digital rights group.

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This is a threat to civil liberties, privacy and security, Fight for the Future said, and Amazon can't be trusted to protect people, added Evan Greer, the group's deputy director.

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Evan from Fight for the Future writes, " Amazon Ring ' s surveillance doorbell partnerships with police are spreading like a virus. We can fight them at the local level, but at this scale we need Congress to intervene. That' s why more than 10 , 000 people have already called on Congress to investigate

This online campaign wants Congress to investigate Amazon ’ s ‘ surveillance empire’. “ Surveillance is at the heart of Amazon ’ s monopolistic business model,” the letter to Congress reads, later adding: “ Amazon needs to be held accountable.

"Amazon is aggressively expanding its for-profit surveillance empire," the campaign -- called Tell Congress: Investigate Amazon's surveillance dragnet -- says. "Amazon provides law enforcement with an automated way to request and access user footage from tens of thousands of Ring surveillance doorbells, en masse without a warrant."

Amazon's surveillance network even "outpaces" the NSA's, the campaign is claiming.

"Ring's mission is to help make neighborhoods safer," a Ring spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

Ring also denied scripting what law enforcement says about accessing camera feeds, saying it only provies "materials and information about our products and services to help ensure they are accurately represented to the public."

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This should be investigated , but 10 , 000 people is not an impressive number. I thought for sure the article would be about Amazon ' s Rekognition program instead of just Ring . Amazon is aggressively pursuing surveillance partnerships. A little over a month ago, there were 400 cities with these

on Congress to investigate how Amazon and its home surveillance company Ring violate civil people are going to buy Amazon ’ s product unaware of the surveillance features and the threats Beyond Ring ’s warrantless mass surveillance of millions of American homes and neighborhoods, the

The campaign had collected 10,594 signatures as of time of publication from its goal of 12,800.

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