Ring will soon require police and firefighters to make video requests public through the Neighbors community app. It̵
In a blog post announcing the change, Ring states that public requests will increase transparency and accountability on its home security platform. The Amazon company only allows requests from verified public entities (of which there are many) and requires these entities to adhere to a set of guidelines.
These guidelines state that law enforcement officers should not use video requests to make public announcements or to request information related to “lawful activities, such as protests” (the company was criticized for helping LA police detain BLM protesters earlier this year). to investigate).
Requests for assistance must include information related to the investigation, plus contact details of the public authority and reference numbers. A timeframe of 12 hours (or less) must be included to prevent public authorities from receiving too much imagery, and all public requests must include a geographic location within 0.5 square miles to limit the number of Ring users who can participate. limit.
Interestingly, the police are only allowed to request information related to an active investigation twice, and public video requests cannot be deleted or edited, although they can be marked as ‘solved’.
Public video requests appear in the Neighbors feed of Ring users, and new requests are accompanied by a push notification. But you can disable these notifications or hide all public video requests in your feed. Those who have manually opted out of video requests in the past will not receive notifications after this change is made.
Ring’s new policy won’t affect how the company handles arrest warrants, and it won’t slow down the company’s ever-growing list of police partnerships. But it could help Amazon curb the endless stream of privacy and civil rights criticisms from the press, the public and its employees, who nearly approved a proposal at a shareholders’ meeting last week to investigate Ring’s contribution to racial violence.
Source: Ring via CNBC