Ring Indoor Cam
Amazon $59.99

Ring Indoor Cam

Review Date 10/23/19

This indoor camera has all the usual--HD video, night vision, motion activation, two-way microphone--to put the inside of your house under 24-hour surveillance. Monitor it through an app on your phone or a you Amazon Echo Show home hub. Just ask Alexa to show you what's happening. All sounds fine and dandy. Just beware, these Amazon Ring cameras do have some noted potential privacy vulnerabilities that could let someone go all Big Brother on you.
Minimum Security Standards
         
Encryption
Unknown
Customer data was stored unencrypted in an open Amazon S3 cloud bucket. For years, any Ring employee could access unencrypted recordings of customer videos and there were no access logs. See: https://theintercept.com/2019/01/10/amazon-ring-security-camera/
Security updates
Yes
Strong password
Yes
Manages vulnerabilities
Unknown
While there haven't been any major security breaches in the past, Ring doesn't have a great track record for securing customer data or hiring experienced security engineers, according to the Information: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/at-rings-r-d-team-security-gaps-and-rookie-engineers
Privacy policy
Yes

Can it snoop on me?

Camera
Yes (device & app)
Microphone
Yes (device & app)
Tracks Location
Yes (device & app)

How does it handle privacy?

How does it share data?
Ring works with 405+ police departments in the US to promote the sale of Ring devices, building a network of neighborhood surveillance and security cameras. Law enforcement has access to the approximate locations of active Ring cameras in a neighborhood and can easily request access to footage with customer consent. Ring has even participated in local "sting" operations with police. For a more comprehensive analysis: https://internetofshit.net/products/amazon/ring-video-doorbell-2
Can you delete your data?
Unknown
You can delete video recordings at any time, but it's unclear whether you can delete your data.
Collects biometrics data?
Unknown
Ring states that it does not use facial recognition technology. However, it has hired a "head of facial recognition research" at Ring Ukraine, so it may have plans to in the future. See: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nicolenguyen/amazon-ring-facial-recognition-ukraine
User friendly privacy info?
Yes
Links to privacy information
😮

What could happen if something went wrong

These indoor camera raise a number of red flags for us. Ring, owned by Amazon, has a history of not protecting users privacy. They stored customer data--including video recordings--unencrypted on an Amazon cloud server and employees could access any of this data. This means these employees could not only view, but potentially also download and share videos from your home. They also have a partnership with local law enforcement that has raised many privacy and civil rights questions (see article below). They aren't as transparent as we would like them to be about their privacy and data deletion practices. They say they don't do facial recognition while having hired a "head of facial recognition research." All in all, this is a security video camera that raises just too many questions about privacy and security, in our opinion.

How to contact the company

Phone Number 800 656 1918
Email None
Twitter ring

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