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Amazon’s Ring doorbell sends customer’s personal data to Facebook and Google

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation found the Ring app was “packed” with third-party tracking, sending out customers’ personally identifiable information.

Five companies were receiving a range of information, including names, IP addresses and mobile networks, it said.

Ring said it limited the amount of data it shared.

The company told Gizmodo: “Like many companies, Ring uses third-party service providers to evaluate the use of our mobile app, which helps us improve features, optimise the customer experience and evaluate the effectiveness of our marketing.”

But the EFF said Ring was failing to protect users’ privacy, noting only one of the trackers it had found was mentioned in the company’s privacy policy.

Your video doorbell company allowed police access to video that monitors customers

The Amazon Ring doorbell comes packaged with many security and privacy concerns. And Amazon makes it awfully easy for the local police to violate people’s privacy.

Alfred Ng, writing for CNet »

For more than a year, police departments partnered with Amazon’s Ring unit had access to a map showing where its video doorbells were installed, down to the street they were on, public documents revealed. So while Ring said it didn’t provide police with addresses for the devices, a feature in the map tool let them get extremely close. The feature was removed in July.

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The heat maps feature was one of several surveillance tools that Ring told police “should not be shared with the public.” The first Ring police partnership listed started in March 2018, and the video doorbell company had at least 335 police partners by the time it disabled the feature, records show.

Ring, which Amazon purchased for $839 million in February 2018, has now partnered with up to 631 law enforcement agencies in the US, creating a public surveillance tool for police departments through its video doorbells.

Read the whole article on CNet »

» Shreyas Gandlur’s Amazon Ring Video Doorbell Documents

Shreyas Gandlur » Privacy researcher and Student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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