Amazon’s Ring Is ‘Not Doing Enough’ to Protect Privacy, Senator Markey Says

From Bloomberg:

U.S. Senator Ed Markey slammed Amazon.com Inc.’s Ring for what he called lax safeguards in sharing customers’ video footage with law enforcement, accusing the video doorbell maker of not doing enough to protect users’ civil liberties.

Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, had asked Amazon for information about Ring’s privacy policies in September, after the Washington Post reported that the company had hundreds of partnerships with local police offices. Under those agreements, authorities can ask smart doorbell owners to share footage captured by their devices through Neighbors, a Ring smartphone app. The senator disclosed Amazon’s response to his letter and follow-up questions on Tuesday.

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Response to Senator Markey’s First Letter to Amazon (November 2019)

Response to Senator Markey’s First Letter to Amazon (September 2019)

Sen. Markey’s Letter to Amazon (October 2019)

Sen. Markey’s Letter to Amazon (September 2019)

Complete News Release by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA)

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