Blink Security Cameras

Blink Security Cameras

Review date: 11/02/2020

Amazon's other line of security cameras--they also own Ring--are these indoor and outdoor Blink security cams. They come in a mini-cam, an indoor cam, and an outdoor cam and feature all the usual: HD video, two-way audio, motion detection and night vision. It's Amazon, so of course these work with Alexa. And they use the tag line, "Just Blink and you're home," which seems a little odd but hey, if it's a Wizard of Oz reference, why not?

What could happen if something goes wrong

Blink was acquired by Amazon in Dec 2017. Amazon's other security camera maker--Ring--has had a plethora of privacy issues they've had to deal with over the past couple years. Blink is not Ring. Blink does not sell users' information. And Blink cameras don't easily work on the Ring Neighbors app that has raised concerns for us around public safety and racism. You can manually upload a video to Neighbors app, but you can do that with any video. All in all, these Blink security cameras don't worry us too much.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Tracks Location

Device: Yes

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?

Average

In December 2019, Blink fixed a security flaw that would allow hackers to hijack the camera.

Can this product be used offline?

No

User friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Strong password

Yes

2-step verification is required for all logins.

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Amazon encourages responsible reporting for security vulerabilities. For Blink, security researchers can report a vulnerability by emailing security@amazon.com.

Privacy policy

Yes

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Unknown

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

Unknown

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

Unknown

Company contact info

Phone Number

781-332-5465

Live Chat

No

Twitter

blinkforhome

Updates

Student finds privacy flaws in connected security and doorbell cameras
Florida Institute of Technology
Ring, Nest, SimpliSafe and eight other manufacturers of internet-connected doorbell and security cameras have been alerted to "systemic design flaws" discovered by Florida Tech computer science student Blake Janes that allows a shared account that appears to have been removed to actually remain in place with continued access to the video feed.
Amazon issues fix after some Blink home cameras found vulnerable to hacking
Reuters Staff
Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O said on Tuesday it had issued a fix to rectify security flaws in certain of its Blink home camera systems after a cyber security firm found vulnerabilities that could let hackers hijack the device.

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