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 November 21, 2019  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Govt, Surveillance

Kate Cox reports:

Amazon subsidiary Ring, which makes home surveillance equipment and cameras, has “partnerships” with more than 600 law enforcement agencies nationwide, allowing those police access to users’ footage. And while Ring says it sets terms around how and when it will share that footage with police, anything the police do with it afterward is entirely out of its hands, the company says.

The partnerships between Ring and police, and the terms of the agreements, have not been transparent to the general public. Instead, they’ve come out in bits and pieces in media reports throughout the year. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in September demanded clearer answers from Amazon about Ring and published the company’s responses this week.

In the pair of replies (PDF 1PDF 2), Ring repeatedly deflects responsibility for the contents of captured footage to the consumers who capture it and the police departments that acquire it.

Read more on Ars Technica.

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