The Los Angeles Police Department sought to use camera video from Amazon’s Ring devices to conduct surveillance on Black Lives Matter protests in mid-2020.
It is raising concerns from civil liberties advocates about privacy, police searches, and freedom of association. Others see it as the use of 21st-century technology in the standard investigative procedure.
The LAPD sent requests to Amazon Ring users seeking footage of protests against police violence, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group that published an email of the request for Ring footage. The EFF filed a public records request with the LAPD after complaints about police tactics during