Privacy: Amazon’s Ring network used in large scale surveillance network

Privacy: Amazon’s Ring network used in large scale surveillance network

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Police are outsourcing city-wide surveillance networks to Amazon Ring’s customers, who pay for the service. The police in some cities offer taxpayer funded cash incentives to residents to participate in the surveillance program.

And oh, the product is developed in Kiev, Ukraine, where staff had access to the video being taken by homeowner’s cameras in the U.S.

Source: Amazon’s helping police build a surveillance network with Ring doorbells – CNET

The FAA has proposed using automated and consumer drone fleets as a national, aerial-surveillance network, collecting real-time data, once per second, and forwarding data into an Internet-cloud connected database. Most of the drones will be made in China. The data collected may include aerial imagery and “telemetry”, which could presumably mean Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals and corporate drone fleets fly 100′ over homes and businesses. Surveillance is the primary business of the Internet and, it seems, modern tech.

Update: And it doesn’t actually work. Police unable to document that all this surveillance is having any impact on fighting crime.

 

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