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Amazon Ring now lets users opt out of receiving police video requests

Amazon Ring now lets users opt out of receiving police video...

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Enlarge / Your local police might like to interest you in this product. Amazon's Ring line of cloud-connected home surveillance equipment has for several months faced steep criticism not only for its nearly 900 "partnerships" with law enforcement agencies but also for lax account protections that put users' privacy at risk. Now, the company is…
Rare ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse dazzles in pictures from around the world

Rare ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse dazzles in pictures from around...

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We were treated to three solar eclipses in 2019, with the final one sending us into 2020 with a "ring of fire" in the sky. On Thursday, part of the eastern hemisphere was treated to the only annular solar eclipse of the year, which is when the moon passes in front of the sun at…
How the rare ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse looked around the world

How the rare ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse looked around the...

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We were treated to three solar eclipses in 2019, with the final one sending us into 2020 with a "ring of fire" in the sky. On Thursday, part of the eastern hemisphere was treated to the only annular solar eclipse of the year, which is when the moon passes in front of the sun at…
Wave of Ring surveillance camera hacks tied to podcast, report finds

Wave of Ring surveillance camera hacks tied to podcast, report finds

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Enlarge / An Amazon Ring security camera on display during an unveiling event on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. A series of creepy Ring camera intrusions, including one where a stranger sang to an 8-year-old child and said he was Santa Claus, may be linked through a forum and associated livestream podcast, a new report finds.…
Amazon reveals a couple brand-new Ring video cameras that cost less than $100

Amazon reveals a couple brand-new Ring video cameras that cost less...

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The new Ring Stick Up Cam. The Ring Indoor Cam. It looks a lot like the Stick Up Cam, just smaller and meant for inside the home. The Ring Fetch. It'll use Amazon's new Sidewalk network and keep tabs on your dog. Alongside the deluge of Echo devices Amazon announced during its autumn hardware event…
Partner of Ring officer amongst legislators attempting to deteriorate Calif. personal privacy law

Partner of Ring officer amongst legislators attempting to deteriorate Calif. personal...

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Enlarge / California State Capitol building in Sacramento. The California legislature worked through the summer to finalize the text of the state's landmark data privacy law before time to make amendments ran out on Friday. In the Assembly (California's lower house), Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin has been a key voice and vote backing motions that would…
Senator presses Amazon for information about Sounding “collaborations” with cops

Senator presses Amazon for information about Sounding “collaborations” with cops

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Enlarge / A Ring video doorbell mounted on a home. Amazon's Ring line of video doorbells and home surveillance equipment is particularly popular with one key group: police. More than 400 law enforcement agencies around the country have partnered with Ring to use its apps and help market its security cameras to residents in the…
Ring apparently shared video sharing information, in-depth maps with cops in 2018

Ring apparently shared video sharing information, in-depth maps with cops in...

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Enlarge / A map showing the approximate location of the 405 police departments working with Ring as of August 30, 2019 Ring, Amazon's home security camera and surveillance company, has since 2018 rapidly expanded its business by partnering with more than 400 police and sheriff departments nationwide. Amid a growing chorus of privacy complaints and…
Ring has more than 400 cops “collaborations,” business lastly states

Ring has more than 400 cops “collaborations,” business lastly states

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Enlarge / Ring video doorbell. Amazon's Ring business has been drawing headlines for its partnerships with police departments nationwide. These arrangements are mutually beneficial: law enforcement gets access to a sprawling, growing surveillance network it doesn't have to maintain, and Ring gets a marketing boost to sell its products. Reporters and security researchers have been…

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