Amazon’s Surveillance Company Partners With 400 More Police Forces

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Ring, the Amazon-owned surveillance company that sells doorbell cameras, is partnering with 400 more police forces across the U.S.

The partnerships let police automatically request the video recorded by homeowners’ cameras within a specific time and area, helping officers see footage from the company’s millions of Internet-connected cameras installed nationwide, the company said. Officers don’t receive ongoing or live-video access, and homeowners can decline the requests, which Ring sends via email thanking them for “making your neighborhood a safer place.”

Previous Ring coverage: Here, and here.

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2 thoughts on “Amazon’s Surveillance Company Partners With 400 More Police Forces

  • I’m sorry Andrew, there’s an error in your copy. I’m sure you meant it to read… Surveillance company, Amazon. Ring is only one of its surveillance divisions. There’s the in-home audio (and sometimes video) recording division, Echo; the consumer goods consumption surveillance sales website we’re all familiar with; the video consumption surveillance service (handy for finding terrorists who’ve watched violent videos like Terminator 2), and not to mention the widely used hosting surveillance service. Any of these could be used not only for surveillance capitalism, but given AWS hosts for at least one of the intelligence services, we don’t know just how deep the co-operation could extend there.
    Love your report.

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