Amazon no longer to share Ring doorbell video footage without warrant

Amazon will no longer share footage recorded by its Ring doorbells with police at their request, a reversal of a privacy position criticized by civil liberties groups.

Amazon’s Ring will end its Request for Assistance tool, a button on its website that allowed fire and police departments to contact Amazon and request footage from any Ring devices. Privacy advocates had slammed the company for handing over the footage without getting the consent of the Ring owners. Now, if police wish to acquire the footage, they must obtain a warrant or prove to Amazon that there is an emergency.

The tool will end service starting next week, according to a blog post by Ring Neighbors app developer Eric Kuhn, although the post did not say why the feature was being removed. Amazon claims
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