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Technology Ring gave police a detailed map of area doorbell installations

17:40  03 december  2019
17:40  03 december  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Police departments partnered with Amazon's Ring security service had access to maps that revealed where Ring video doorbells were located, CNET reports. While Amazon has said police do not have access to the location of devices -- which they can request footage from -- the heat maps provided to police allowed them to zoom in on specific locations.

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CNET reviewed public documents from the Rolling Meadows Police Department in Illinois. Those revealed that police had access to heat maps of Ring video doorbell concentrations, and when zoomed in, the map would show light circles around individual locations. Police could also search for specific addresses to see nearby camera concentrations. The Rolling Meadows Police Department told CNET that it didn't use the heat map feature but that it could have shown them where Ring cameras were in certain areas.

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Several months before Ring donated 80 Ring doorbells to the Gwinnett County Police Department, Ring gave two maps of “active” Ring cameras in the county to police . “Thank you for taking the time to sit through the webinar today,” a Ring representative told Gwinnett County police a few days later.

The feature was removed in July, but CNET believes some departments may have had access for more than a year. In August, Ring revealed that 405 law enforcement partners use its Neighbors Portal, and according to CNET, Ring now partners with 631 law enforcement agencies in the US. It's unclear how many police departments may have had access to the map.

In a statement to CNET, a Ring spokesperson said:

"As previously stated, our video request feature does not give police access to the locations of devices. Ring is constantly working to improve our products and services and, earlier this year, we updated the video request process to no longer include any device density information. Previous iterations of the video request feature included approximate device density, and locations were obfuscated to protect user privacy. Zooming into areas would not provide actual device locations."

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Ring says the program gives police more resources to solve crimes, while critics fear the Ring also changed wording from the police department that said the department “will be able to A map of Ring users in Gwinnett county shared by the company with the department showed hundreds of cameras.

Documents show Ring tells police how to get user engagement and user footage. The Neighbors app is basically your local Nextdoor group on steroids: it generates a map of your local area , then The law enforcement portal tells cops how many Ring cameras there are in a given area , then lets

Amazon's close relationship with law enforcement has already been criticized. Last month, we learned that police can keep Ring video doorbell footage indefinitely once doorbell owners provide access to it, and Amazon has asked police to advertise Ring cameras.

Privacy advocates worry Amazon's relationship with police could encourage people to compromise their privacy or lead to a state of constant surveillance. While Ring doorbell owners have to choose to share footage with police, if police know who has a video doorbell, they may pressure those individuals to come forward.

Engadget has reached out to Ring for comment.

CNET

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