The Intercept writes:
SEN. ED MARKEY CALLS ON RING TO MAKE ITSELF LESS COP-FRIENDLY
In a new letter to Amazon, Markey pushed the company to implement pro-privacy reforms and limit its collaboration with police.
…the company has gone to great lengths to foster this symbiotic relationship between camera owner and law enforcement, formally partnering with hundreds of departments, running promotional giveaways, and offering cops special product discounts.
I like this part of that letter:
“As Ring products capture significant amounts of audio on private and public property adjacent to dwellings with Ring doorbells — including recordings of conversations that people reasonably expect to be private — the public’s right to assemble, move, and converse without being tracked is at risk.”
The threats are particularly high for Black and Brown communities who have long been subjected to over-policing and higher levels of surveillance.