Brand of Amazon Ring Surveillance Camera is a partner with more than 200 police stations nationwide, according to a new report from motherboards,
It is widely known that Ring has worked with law enforcement agencies: motherboards recently announced a contract between the company and the police department, and Amazon even uses footage of suspected thieves to promote the products. The news highlights the scope of the relationship between the company and the police.
motherboards notes received from an employee given at a seminar by Ring. According to the notes, Ring allows employees to request footage from owners through Ring. While it is reported that police need the owners' consent, no order is required. (Ring said in a statement that all law enforcement requests should be tied to an active investigation.) The notes say 200 agencies are using the system.
Ring stressed that police personnel could not be accessed directly.
"Every decision we make at Ring Centers around privacy, security and user control," a Ring spokesman said in a statement. "While law enforcement partners may send video requests to users in an area when investigating an active case, Ring facilitates those requests and requires the user's consent to be able to share any footage or information. The law enforcement agencies cannot see how many Ring users have received the request, refused to share, or declined all future requests. "
Despite the retreat of civilian libertarians and some of its employees, Amazon has shown an interest in working with law enforcement. In addition to Ring, the company also offers a product called Rekogservation, which it has provided to local law enforcement agencies and is even targeted at immigration and customs enforcement. But some researchers have questioned the accuracy of the tool and several AI experts have called for the company to stop selling it to police.