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Amazon's Ring to Shutter Video-Sharing Program


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The Ring doorbell camera unit.

Starting tomorrow (Jan. 31), law enforcement will no longer be able to make new posts asking users to submit footage, though Ring users may continue to respond to existing police requests on the app until Feb. 29.

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Amazon's Ring announced in a blog post that law enforcement and government agencies will no longer be allowed to solicit footage from doorbell cameras directly from users through the Neighbors app.

Instead, they will be required to submit a formal legal request to obtain Ring surveillance videos.

Hundreds of law enforcement agencies have struck up partnerships with Ring, highlighting an appetite for data from increasingly ubiquitous gadgets that can help shed light on local crimes but that critics say are an invasion of privacy.

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