Amazon’s Ring includes an app called Neighbors that allows users to post the videos they’ve recorded—it also encourages them to post videos and photos of suspicious activity, crime, and other notable occurrences within neighborhoods.
As of August 2019, 225 U.S. police departments could retain the right to request video footage from Ring doorbell users. In addition, anyone can download the free mobile app and gain access to videos posted, even if they aren’t Ring users.
The app shows video clips that can be annotated by uploaders, while a “News Team” supplements the feed of videos with short stories about burglaries, fires, and other events—some of which is pulled from sources like the Associated Press.
The app, however, can easily be manipulated: There are numerous instances of people uploading and intentionally mis-tagging photos of people, reporting “suspicious” activity without any real evidence or data, and submitting purposely racist content.
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