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"Most people play ball", says entirely trustworthy cop spokesman.

What has raised eyebrows, however, is the company's push for partnerships with law enforcement agencies across the country, a fact that some feel has allowed police to create informal surveillance networks in hundreds of neighborhoods. [...]

Fresno County Sheriff's Office:

"They chose to pay for a service that enables it to be viewed by either us or Ring. The consumer knows what they're getting into...If you're a good upstanding person who is doing things lawfully, nobody has concerns." [...]

However, he noted, there is a workaround if a resident happens to reject a police request. If the community member doesn't want to supply a Ring video that seems vital to a local law enforcement investigation, police can contact Amazon, which will then essentially "subpoena" the video.

"If we ask within 60 days of the recording and as long as it's been uploaded to the cloud, then Ring can take it out of the cloud and send it to us," he said.

Typically, this shouldn't be necessary though, Botti said. According to what police have been told by Amazon, most people "play ball" because they want their community to be a safer place, he said.

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4 Responses:

  1. Bob says:

    I'm sure the police will vigorously oppose the easy access when their no-knock raid at the wrong house, beatdown on the property, or shooting of a family pet occurs.

    • Prunella says:

      No doubt.

      Further, if I'm a "good upstanding person who is doing things lawfully", then they have no cause to watch me. ACAB.

  2. Jon Konrath says:

    It sure would be a shame if some enterprising individual bought a bunch of used Ring cameras and hacked them to redirect other videos into the camera feed, so the Ring police viewing portal would be inundated with hundreds of streams of hardcore pornography and Rick Astley videos every time they tried to do an investigation.

  3. Russ says:

    'essentially "subpoena"', ya, I'm guessing that essentially requires a "judge" to sign off on, right? right?

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