Amazon Ring doorbells ‘unjustifiably invaded’ neighbour’s privacy, judge rules

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A man using the Ring doorbell was found to “unreasonably invade” his neighbor’s privacy by using the device, a judge ruled.

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Dr Mary Fairhurst argued that the devices installed at her neighbor John Woodard’s home broke data laws and contributed to the harassment. Woodard claimed that the devices were installed in good faith to deter the thieves, but the judge upheld Dr. Fairhurst’s claims.

Judge Melissa Clark said in her ruling, “Personal data can be taken from people who don’t even know the device is there, or that it records and processes audio and personal data.”

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At the time, Ring doorbells collected audio data automatically without any way to disable it — an option that was rolled out to devices in 2020.

Judge Clark said he found audio data that could capture conversations was “even more problematic and harmful than video data” and was in violation of the UK Data Protection Act and UK GDPR, as stated. Reported by BBC.

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Amazon said customers should “respect the privacy of their neighbors, and comply with any applicable laws when using their Ring devices” and that “all our efforts to ensure privacy, security, and user control” The facilities have been placed in the equipment.” Customizable privacy zones to block ‘off-limit’ areas, motion zones to control areas where customers want their Ring device to detect motion, and audio toggles to turn audio on and off.”

However, the judge noted that “even if one activation zone is disabled so that the camera is not activated to film by movement in that area, activation by movement in one of the other non-disabled activation zones causes the camera to film across the area.” The reason will be. Full field of view.”

Granthshala It has reached out to Amazon for more information on how it notified users of Ring’s potential privacy breaches if used inappropriately.

However, this is not the first instance that the smart home giant has been criticized for violating the privacy of others. Internet-connected doorbell has rung hacked in the past, And used for police surveillance in the United States of America.

As well as the doorbell, Ring is developing a drone that flies around the house to check whether users’ home is secure, though privacy critics have called the product Amazon’s “coolest home surveillance product”. Said.

In 2020, Amazon also had to recall a batch of products because they were catching fire.

Ring’s “Video doorbell batteries can overheat when the wrong screws are used for installation, igniting and burning hazards,” according to one recall notice From the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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