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Amazon's Ring Will Ask Police to Publicly Request User Videos


The Ring Internet-connected doorbell.

Starting this week, law enforcement agencies seeking videos from Ring Internet-connected doorbells will be required to submit a Request for Assistance post to Ring's Neighbors app/portal.

Credit: Ring

Amazon subsidiary and Internet-connected doorbell maker Ring said police departments that require help in investigations must publicly request home security video from doorbells and cameras.

Law enforcement agencies now must post such Requests for Assistance on Neighbors, Ring's video-sharing and safety-related community discussion portal; nearby users with potentially helpful videos can click a link within the post and select which videos they wish to submit.

Ring, which has been accused of having a too-cozy relationship with law enforcement, explained on its blog that it has been working with independent third-party experts to help give people greater insight into law enforcement's use of its technology.

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