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.