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Technology Ring doorbell and police surveillance: There's a new way to opt out of video requests

13:20  04 february  2020
13:20  04 february  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Opt out of police requests . Currently, Ring users will receive a request whenever their local police department or sheriff' s office is seeking information or However, you can disable law enforcement video requests completely for your Ring account by following these steps: 1. Open the Ring app and

Doorbell -camera firm Ring has partnered with 400 police forces, extending surveillance concerns. The doorbell -camera company Ring has forged video -sharing partnerships with more than 400 police forces across the United States, granting them potential access to homeowners’ camera footage and

Hoping to protect customer accounts from hacking address concerns over the sharing of customer videos with law enforcement agencies,Ring in January announced a new privacy-focused feature for its mobile app.

a hand holding a cell phone: Ring is helping you take control over your videos and your account. Chris Monroe/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Ring is helping you take control over your videos and your account. Chris Monroe/CNET

Rolling out to user accounts now, Control Center provides a centralized place for users to monitor the devices and shared users on their account and opt-out of receiving video requests from local police departments. Ring customers just need the latest version of the Android or iOS app installed on their device to get it.

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Enlarge / Ring video doorbell . The police who partner with Ring also have an app. The law enforcement portal tells cops how many "Seems like you wasted no time sending out your video Request out to Ring users, which is awesome!" another Ring representative told another department.

While Ring allows customers to opt out of getting police requests for video , passersby certainly can't. And unlike walking into a store where a monitor He adds that Ring has essentially created "a clever workaround for the development of a wholly new surveillance network, without the kind of scrutiny

a screenshot of a cell phone: Opt-out of police requests with just a few taps. Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET© Provided by CNET Opt-out of police requests with just a few taps. Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Opt out of police requests

a close up of a machine: Ring makes a variety of popular video doorbells that are worth a look.© CNET

Ring makes a variety of popular video doorbells that are worth a look.

Currently, Ring users will receive a request whenever their local police department or sheriff's office is seeking information or evidence in an investigation. It's a voluntary request, so you don't have to submit anything if you don't want to.

However, you can disable law enforcement video requests completely for your Ring account by following these steps:

1. Open the Ring app and slide out the side menu.

2. Select Control Center.

3. Tap on Video Requests under Community Control.

4. Slide the Video Requests switch to the Off position.

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Video -sharing partnerships allow law enforcement to automatically request video from Ring owners By installing the “smart” doorbells , Ring users consent to the company supplying video to “law Surveilled individuals don’t have the option of opting out . If they walk by a camera, 400 police forces

The doorbell -camera devices can stream real-time video to a user' s smartphone, tablet or desktop, allowing homeowners to see and talk to people on their That capability is multiplied many times over through the cooperation agreements between Ring and police in what the company views as a new

5. Confirm the change.

Just remember that turning off the alerts doesn't mean law enforcement can never access your Ring videos. If you share any of your videos with Ring's Neighbors network, then it's fair game for the police to access, view and download. The police also can acquire your videos if they acquire a warrant.

Curious if your local law departments have joined Ring's Neighbors app? You can view Ring's Active Agency Map by scrolling to the bottom of the Video Requests page and tapping on the map.

Don't leave Control Center just yet

Control Center adds more than just a switch to stop you from receiving police requests. It's also where you can go to manage the security of your Ring account and view who or what has access to it.

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There ' s been controversy over Ring 's decision to work closely with police departments to help investigate crimes. Some customers like that they're able to share videos from their doorbells with police departments in an effort to help catch criminals. Others see it as the creation of a surveillance

a screenshot of a cell phone: Use Ring's Control Center to remove devices, services and other users. Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET© Provided by CNET Use Ring's Control Center to remove devices, services and other users. Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET

The Authorized Client Devices section will show you every phone or computer that's currently logged into your Ring account. You can't remove individual devices, but you can force every device -- including the one you're using to view the list -- to sign out of your Ring account. It would be nice to add the ability to remove individual devices, especially for those instances when you forgot to sign out of a phone you've just upgraded from.

The Shared Users section only applies if you share your Ring account with a roommate or family member. Use it to manage their access to specific devices on your Ring account, send invites to new users, or revoke someone's access.

The Linked Accounts section will show any outside services, such as Amazon's Alexa or the automation website If This Then That (IFTTT), that are linked to your Ring account. Unlike the devices section, you can individually remove a service, but not remove all connections at the same time.

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Amazon Ring partnerships with police departments threaten civil liberties, privacy and civil rights, and exist without oversight or accountability." Users can say no and opt out of future requests . Police said they don't have direct access to a user' s cameras or Want to get a deal on a new car or truck?

Surveillance : Police turn to private doorbell cameras to help catch criminals. Tech industry analyst Carolina Milanesi said engaging with police and offering incentives is a "very smart move by Ring " and a missed opportunity for competitors, including Google' s Nest and smaller companies such as Arlo

Ring also provides more information about how it handles your information and data, plus details about the company's relationship with law enforcement agencies.

One of the first steps you should take to secure any of your online accounts is to use two-factor authentication. Of course, that's after you've selected a password manager and started using unique and complex passwords for your accounts. And just to be safe, you should lock down your wireless account to keep your phone numbers safe.

Ring update gives you more control over police video requests .
Ring is acting on its promises to improve privacy and security in 2020. The Amazon brand has introduced a Control Center in the Ring mobile app that aims to deliver more control over access and sharing. Most notably, there's a toggle to opt out of law enforcement video requests -- you don't have to wait to receive one before making a decision. Ring is unsurprisingly encouraging customers to leave it on (it has police partnerships to maintain) in the name of neighborhood security, but it's at least acknowledging that some users are uncomfortable with serving as de facto eyes for police officers.

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