"Amazon‘s Ring line of consumer home surveillance products enjoys an extensive partnership with local police departments all over the country. Cops receive free product, extensive coaching, and , and Amazon gets access to and gets to spread its network of security cameras all over the nation. According to a trio of new reports, though, the benefits to police go even further than was previously known—as long as they don‘t use the word “surveillance,” that is.
Gizmodo on Monday between the chief of police in one New Jersey town and Ring showing that Ring edited out certain key terms of a draft press release before the town published it, as the company frequently does.
The town of Ewing, New Jersey, in March said it would be using Ring‘s Neighbors app. Neighbors does not require a Ring device to use; consumers who don‘t have footage to share can still view of crime reports in their area and contribute reports of their own, sort of like a Nextdoor on steroids.
If it quacks like a duck…
Police may not be allowed to use the words “surveillance” or “security cameras” in their marketing copy, but another pair of new reports highlights the significant surveillance capabilities Ring-branded security cameras can provide to law enforcement."
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