In 2021, Amazon’s Ring handed over a record number of doorbell videos to the government.

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Ring, a maker of Internet-connected video intercoms and security cameras, said in its latest transparency report that it turned over a record number of doorbell videos and other information to US authorities last year.

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This is stated in the message of the company owned by Amazon. two semi-annual reports in 2021, 3,147 legal claims were received, up about 65% from the year before, compared to about 1,900 legal claims in 2020.

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More than 85% of processed legal claims were issued by the court in the form of search warrants, allowing Ring to release both Ring user information and video footage from those accounts. Ring said it handed over user-generated content in response to about four out of ten requests it received during the year.

Transparency reports enable US companies disclose the number of court orders they are given over a period of time, often for six months or a year. But Ring has been criticized for having unusually cordial relations with some 2,200 police departments across the United States. latest numbers showallowing police to request doorbell video footage from homeowners.

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Ring said it also notified 648 users during the year that their user information had been requested by law enforcement. According to its enforcement guidelinesRing notifies users before disclosing their user information, such as name, address, email address, and billing information, unless prohibited by a privacy order.

In a new breakthrough, Ring also said it has received 2,774 retention orders, which allow police departments and law enforcement to ask Amazon, rather than require, to retain a user’s account for up to six months to allow the requesting agency to collect enough information. a court order, such as a search warrant.

Amazon CEO Brian Hasman made the announcement in a letter to lawmakers. posted on Wednesday that Ring shared doorbell footage with US authorities at least 11 times in 2022 without consent from the owner of the device, informs Politico. According to the letter, Amazon said it has “determined in good faith that there is an imminent risk of death or serious bodily injury to an individual requesting immediate disclosure.” Under the Emergency Disclosure Orders, companies may provide data when the requesting agency does not have time to obtain a court order.

Ring did not say how many times it disclosed user data in emergencies in recent years, including the most recent transparency report.


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