Alarm Bells Sounded Over Ring
Claims have been made that Amazon’s Ring home-security systems can be used for spying by company employees.
A report in The Intercept alleges Ring may have allowed its employees inappropriate and potentially unrestricted access to its customers’ video streams or recordings.
The company allegedly gave its Ukraine-based R&D team unfettered access to every video created by every Ring camera around the world.
The team was also provided with a corresponding database that linked each specific video file to corresponding specific Ring customers.
The Intercept said the team was allowed to watch the video feeds so they could improve the company’s image-recognition software by identifying objects in imagery by tagging them, a move which included indoor cameras.
The report says Ring employees shared videos people kissing, firing guns, and stealing inside homes. Ring is installed in an unknown number of homes throughout the world including Australia though outlets such as The Good Guys, Kogan and JB Hi Fi.