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Amazon has been sent a letter by five senators Wednesday with . The letter, signed by Democratic Senators Ron Wyden, Edward J. Markey, Chris Van Hollen, Chris Coons and Gary Peters, follows vulnerabilities being discovered earlier this month.
"Millions of consumers use Ring ," the letter says. "Ring devices routinely upload data, including video records, to Amazon's servers. detailing the lives of millions of Americans."
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This footage could threaten US national security if exploited by foreign national intelligence agencies, the senators argued, in addition to threatening the privacy and safety of Americans.
for months, researchers found earlier in November, including usernames and passwords. The discovery came in addition to revelations earlier this year of how .
Amazon has more than 500 cities partnered to, according to digital rights group Fight for the Future.
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The senators' letter on Wednesday pointed to the Wi-Fi vulnerability and reports last year that without them knowing.
"Americans who make the choice to install Ring products in and outside their homes do so under the assumption that they are ... making the neighborhood safer," the letter says. "The American people have a right to know who else is looking at the data they provide to Ring, and if that data is secure from hackers."
They want a response from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos by Jan. 6, 2020, detailing how many Ring devices have been sold in the US, whether Ring deletes video footage, its data retention policy, whether it encrypts footage, its security testing and auditing practices, how much access Ring employees have to footage and live feeds, whether employees in Ukraine and other foreign nations have access and Ring's plans to use facial recognition.
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The senators' letter also followed more than last month.
Ring gave police a street-level view of where video doorbells were for over a year .
Ring once offered a map, now shuttered, that allowed police to zoom in to see the specific location of its customers.Public documents from the Rolling Meadows Police Department in Illinois, obtained by privacy researcher Shreyas Gandlur and reviewed by CNET, revealed that police had access to a heat map that showed the concentration of Ring cameras in a neighborhood.
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