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let freedom RING?!....if you use Ring, someone else may have been watching.....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 10, 2019 01:57PM
.....employees have access to live feeds.....


Nest competitor Ring reportedly gave employees full access to customers’ live camera feeds

.....Last year, Amazon made waves in the smart home space by acquiring Ring for over $1 billion. Known for home security doorbells, a new report today claims that the company has a lax stance towards privacy that allowed more employees than seemingly necessary to access customers’ live camera feeds.

According to The Intercept, Ring’s engineers and executives have “highly privileged access” to live camera feeds from customers’ devices. This includes both doorbells facing the outside world, as well as cameras inside a person’s home. A team tasked with annotating video to aid in object recognition captured “people kissing, firing guns, and stealing.”

U.S. employees specifically had access to a video portal intended for technical support that reportedly allowed “unfiltered, round-the-clock live feeds from some customer cameras.” What’s surprising is how this support tool was apparently not restricted to only employees that dealt with customers.

The Intercept notes that only a Ring customer’s email address was required to access any live feed.

Although the source said they never personally witnessed any egregious abuses, they told The Intercept “I can say for an absolute fact if I knew a reporter or competitor’s email address, I could view all their cameras.” The source also recounted instances of Ring engineers “teasing each other about who they brought home” after romantic dates.

According to the report’s sources, employees had a blasé attitude to this potential privacy violation, but noted that they “never personally witnessed any egregious abuses.”

Meanwhile, a second group of Ring employees working on R&D in Ukraine had access to a folder housing “every video created by every Ring camera around the world.” What’s more, these employees had a “corresponding database that linked each specific video file to corresponding specific Ring customers.”

Also bothersome is Ring’s reported stance towards encryption. Videos in that bucket were unencrypted due to the costs associated with implementation and “lost revenue opportunities due to restricted access.”

Since the Amazon acquisition, more restrictions were reportedly put in place, though employees can still bypass them. When asked for comment, a Ring spokesperson did not specifically address the nature of the access allegations, but only noted current “strict policies” to “restrict and audit access to information.”

We have strict policies in place for all our team members. We implement systems to restrict and audit access to information. We hold our team members to a high ethical standard and anyone in violation of our policies faces discipline, including termination and potential legal and criminal penalties. In addition, we have zero tolerance for abuse of our systems and if we find bad actors who have engaged in this behavior, we will take swift action against them.



RING...........worm......?!



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/10/2019 02:58PM by NewtonMP2100.
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Re: let freedom RING?!....if you use Ring, someone else may have been watching.....
Posted by: davemchine
Date: January 10, 2019 03:33PM
I only have Ring cameras on the outside of my house so this isn’t a big deal to me although I think it should be corrected. I highly recommend Ring or an alternative to people though. I had a situation last year where someone came to my door making threats and we ended up in court where the video was the deciding factor. Protect yourself and have outdoor cameras installed.
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Re: let freedom RING?!....if you use Ring, someone else may have been watching.....
Posted by: vision63
Date: January 10, 2019 03:57PM
According to "The Intercept."
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Re: let freedom RING?!....if you use Ring, someone else may have been watching.....
Posted by: Robert M
Date: January 11, 2019 06:58AM
Hi everyone,

Methinks there is some missing information. Here is another article that sheds a bit more light on the situaiton:

[www.dailymail.co.uk]

Unless I'm misreading something, it seems like The Intercept article left out some key details, i.e. the videos were shared by users via the Ring Neighbors app. Meaning, the people chose to share the footage.

Robert
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Re: let freedom RING?!....if you use Ring, someone else may have been watching.....
Posted by: space-time
Date: January 11, 2019 09:57AM
don't put any cameras in the bedroom (sex), in the torture room (murders) and in the family room (doing drugs). Then you should be safe.
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Re: let freedom RING?!....if you use Ring, someone else may have been watching.....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 11, 2019 09:58AM
....and the bathroom.....when you bathe and do other things.....



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Re: let freedom RING?!....if you use Ring, someone else may have been watching.....
Posted by: Carm
Date: January 11, 2019 10:39PM
At my home. Ring cams are outdoors. They can view the outdoors all day. Inside, I have some wyze cams pointing at pups sleeping den and living room French door. A lot of action (not) happens there.
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