Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Citizen realizes police can get footage from his Ring cameras directly from Amazon and without his consent

After sending the initial footage, [the citizen] started to find the police demands onerous. “He sent one asking for all the footage from October 25,” [the citizen] said. That was a far bigger ask, he said. [The citizen] told POLITICO that he has five cameras surrounding his house, which record in 5 to 15 second bursts whenever they’re activated. He also has three cameras inside his house, as well as 13 cameras inside the store that he owns, which is nowhere near his home. All of these cameras are connected to his Ring account.

He declined that request.
After he stopped cooperating, he didn’t hear from the detective again, until he received an email from Ring, notifying him that his account was the subject of a warrant from the Hamilton police department.

This time, [the citizen] wasn’t able to choose which cameras he could send videos from. The warrant included all five of his outdoor cameras, and also added a sixth camera that was inside his house, as well as any videos from cameras associated with his account, which would include the cameras in his store. It would include footage recorded from cameras he had in his living room and bedroom