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Amazon Ring doorbell sweet relationship with law enforcement and its possible use of facial recognition software has finally attracted congressional attention.

The Ring is one of the most popular of a new generation of home security products, combining a combination of contact and motion sensors at your home, as well as video cameras and a doorbell that allows you to see, or review who is at your door. Or steals delivery to your FedEx. If you want to pay a little extra, all this can be combined with an inexpensive professional monitoring service.

It is a great product that is easy to install, works as advertised and is cheaper than many of its rivals. More than 10 million ring doorbells have been installed worldwide. I have one So, why are so many digital rights and privacy advocates screaming bloody murder about Ring's marketing and sales practices, because of The U.S. Has information about the company's contracts with law enforcement agencies come to light?

The main concern is about its owner - other big tech monopolies like Amazon - having lost a lot of trust with customers over the last three years. The ring was acquired by Amazon last summer in a $ 1 billion deal.

Almost certainly not coincidentally, Amazon has created a major and most controversial facial recognition product called Recognition which, it claims, can track hundreds of people in a photo using a database and Can analyze the faces of millions of people. 

The accreditation is wildly popular with law enforcement and currently in use by police departments in Florida and Washington, and has been offered again to the Department of Homeland Security to identify immigrants.

The difficulties that facial recognition software has identified are well-portrayed people of color. When the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a study last summer, it certainly did not help that some members of the 115th US Congress were wrongly labeled as criminals, the label called Recognition Were twice as likely to be the best on congressional members compared to their white counterparts.

Ring does not use facial recognition in its current form ... yet. But it could easily raise additional concerns about ending the company's oversight in the hands of law enforcement should it start incorporating biometric information.

The ACLU says facial recognition can be misused by law enforcement, which is "a serious threat to communities including people of color and immigrants." The cities of San Francisco and Oakland have already banned the use of facial recognition software by law enforcement and are considering banning it across the state of Massachusetts.

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The fact that Ring has recently acknowledged - under considerable pressure - that it has formed a "partnership" with more than 400 law enforcement agencies after spending months of stonewalling strongly suggests that Ring is not Heading in the direction. These "partnerships allow officers to easily request video footage from the ring users in the investigation of potential crimes.

The ring has created a feedback loop for the police (and a clever marketing ploy for themselves) through a social app called Neighbor, which allows customers to monitor not only their property but the rest Allows to share information about suspicious-looking activities in the activities of. Block.

Contracted departments have access to an online portal called Neighbors, where they can request footage from company customers within a certain scope of the address provided by the police, who then receive a message, Who asks him "Share Your Ring Video Now". Bottom Line: 

The app allows all ring users in a particular area to share their videos with each other and the police, to create a private neighborhood watch. Amazon Ring doorbell terms of service give the company an irrevocable, permanent license to video content users posted on neighbors.

Add facial recognition to this mix and the coops will never have to leave the station they definitely like.
Congress weighs in
Last week, Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, expressing concern over how footage of the company's doorbell cameras are accessed by officials. Markey wrote:

However, Amazon Ring doorbell  as America's new neighborhood watch, 'technology captures and stores video from millions of homes and sweeps footage of countless viewers who may be unaware, they are being filmed is. I am particularly concerned to learn that Ring is following facial recognition techniques with the ability to characterize certain individuals as suspicious based on their biometric information.

The scope and nature of Ring's partnership with the police forces add to the concern for additional civil liberties. The integration of Ring's network with law enforcement officers can easily create a surveillance network that places a dangerous burden on people of color and feeds racial concerns in local communities.

The document also contains a list of 10 questions about Ring's handling of user data, to which Marquee requests to be answered by 26 September:

Including local police departments and federal agencies - all of which are law enforcement entities - who have or have accessed video footage from ring products? Please provide a copy of a standard video-footage-sharing agreement between the ring and the local police department.

Does the ring prevent police department partners from sharing that footage with other entities from accessing users' footage? If not, then why not? Does Ring know of many instances in which police department partners shared footage of users with third parties? If yes, please describe all such examples in detail.

Will Ring commit to reviewing signs of its consent to share video-footage in consultation with experts and to ensure that Ring does not manipulate or forcefully use language with its users?
Does the ring require police department partners to have security institutions to ensure that the ring footage they want to access is not broken or otherwise accessed by unauthorized entities? If yes, please describe these safety requirements. If not, then why not?

Has Ring consulted with experts in civil liberties, criminal justice and other related fields to review its Internet-connected doorbells and its social networks, neighbors, to ensure that these offerings are of color or population? Do not present unique threats to people. If not, then why not? If yes, please share the list of advisory parties.

Do you have plans to coordinate law enforcement's use of Amazon's recognition product with facial recognition offerings coming from the ring?

We have yet another example of a technological monopoly inconsistent about its intentions which is another way of calling it economical with the truth. 

Amazon apparently bought the ring to build a larger private surveillance system, which would eventually include facial recognition and appeals to law enforcement and espionage agencies.

 Why don't they just say "so what, it's legal and we'll keep doing it until someone stops us" makes their marketing form definitely scary.

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