Fielding Graduate University: Ring Camera Security Videos as Entertainment

Fielding Graduate University: Ring Camera Security Videos as Entertainment. “The use of Ring camera videos for a TV program is a clever marketing move by the company. It challenges existing social norms about security monitoring by classifying it as entertainment. What used to be invasive and creepy is now not only socially acceptable but downright fun stuff. Although scholarly evidence has shown that widespread surveillance leads to greater public approval, despite the rising threat to privacy, autonomy, and civil liberties, researchers have not yet examined the effect of surveillance as entertainment programming.”

The Verge: Ring will require video requests to be public in Neighbors app starting next week

The Verge: Ring will require video requests to be public in Neighbors app starting next week. “Ring is adjusting how public agencies such as police and fire departments are able to request video clips from Ring camera owners in its Neighbors app. Starting next week, agencies will only be able to request clips be sent to them through public posts that are viewable in the app’s main feed; they will no longer be able to send individuals specific requests for clips.”

CNN: Ring recalls 350,000 smart doorbells after some of them caught fire

CNN: Ring recalls 350,000 smart doorbells after some of them caught fire. “The potential fire hazard impacts around 350,000 2nd generation Ring doorbells sold in the United States and roughly 8,700 more sold in Canada, according to a notice posted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Tuesday. The $100 doorbells were sold on Ring’s website and on Amazon (AMZN) between June 2020 and October 2020, according to the CPSC.”

New York Times: Your Doorbell Camera Spied on You. Now What?

New York Times: Your Doorbell Camera Spied on You. Now What?. “Based on the gaping security holes in this home security product, I personally wouldn’t recommend buying a Ring device. Yet millions of the cameras, which range from about $100 to $500, have been sold, and tens of thousands of customers have left glowing reviews for Ring products on Amazon…. I tested a Ring peephole camera, which involved installing the device on my door and creating an account with an email address and a password, to come up with a guide to ensuring your surveillance camera does not turn into a device that surveils you.”

The Verge: Ring cameras can help you spy on your neighbors, but they haven’t really helped police

The Verge: Ring cameras can help you spy on your neighbors, but they haven’t really helped police. “Ring’s security devices are advertised as a way to have peace of mind about your home, and the company’s work with law enforcement to provide additional security is well-documented. But two recent stories about the Amazon-owned company demonstrate how its security cameras can distort your view of how much crime actually takes place near your house and how they may not actually help police solve crimes at all.”