Some privacy advocates say doorbell video cameras may be creating police surveillance state


MAY BE CREATING A POLICE
SURVEILLANCE STATE.>>VIDEO DOORBELL CAMERAS MADE
BY COMPANIES LIKE RING ARE
SELLING A SENSE OF SECURITY, AND
POLICE SAY THE CAMERAS FIGHT
CRIME, BUT PRIVACY ADVOCATES SAY
THE CAMERAS ARE SEEN WAY TOO MUCH.>>OR MISS AN INTRUDER ON YOUR
PROPERTY. ANY POLICE OFFICER
THE RING VIDEO DOORBELL
FEATURES HD VIDEO, TWO-WAY TALK,
AND DETECTION. ANY OFFICER WILL TELL YOU
CROOKS DO NOT LIKE CAMERAS.>>WE DO RECOMMEND CAMERAS AS A
WAY TO STOP CRIME. MANHEIM TOWNSHIP POLICE CHIEF
TOM RUDZINSKI SAYS HIS
DEPARTMENT HAS ENTERED A
PARTNERSHIP WITH RING VIDEO
DOORBELLS.>>WE HAVE AGREED TO PARTNER
WITH THEM WITH THE PURPOSE OF
GETTING INFORMATION FROM THEIR
CUSTOMERS, IF THEIR CUSTOMERS
WANT TO GIVE IT TO US.>>HUNDREDS OF POLICE DEPARTMENT
ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND A FEW
IN THE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY HAVE
PARTNERED WITH RING IN THE HOPES
OF USING SURVEILLANCE VIDEO TO
FIGHT CRIME, BUT BOTH RING AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS THAT WE
TALKED TO TELL THAT THE
POLICE DO NOT HAVE DIRECT
ACCESS.>>POLICE FIRST HAVE TO CONTACT
RING. WHAT WE DO IS WE SEND OUT AN
EMAIL TO THE COMPANY TO CHECK
WITH THE CUSTOMERS IN THIS
SPECIFIC AREA AND FIND OUT IF
ANYBODY HAS VIDEO THEY WOULD
LIKE TO SHARE WITH US. THE PRIVACY ISSUES HERE ARE
SIGNIFICANT.>>A REPRESENTATIVE WITH
THE ACLU IS SOUNDING THE ALARM
NATIONWIDE ABOUT WHAT THEY CALL
A MASS SURVEILLANCE NETWORK.>>TWO THE BIGGEST INSTITUTIONS
IN THE UNITED STATES AND AMAZON
AND LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE TEAMED
UP TO SATURATE NEIGHBORHOODS
WITH SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS.>>LAST FALL, MORE THAN 30 CIVIL
RIGHTS ORGANIZATIO —
MEANWHILE, BALTIMORE COUNTY,
MARYLAND IS PROPOSING A
VOLUNTARY REGISTRY WITH DEVICES
POINTED TOWARDS A PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY. THE PROGRAM WOULD MAP WHERE
CAMERAS ARE LOCATED TO HELP
POLICE IDENTIFY POSSIBLE
SECURITY FOOTAGE IN AREAS WHERE
CRIMES HAPPENED AND IN TURN THE
COUNTY WOULD WAIVE ALARM PERMITTING FEES. IS IT WORTH IT FOR FOLKS TO
GIVE UP THEIR PRIVACY TO HAVE
SOME MINIMAL LEVEL OF SECURITY?>>WE ARE VOLUNTARILY ASKING
PEOPLE TO GIVE UP THEIR DATA, IF
THEY SO CHOOSE, AND THEY DON’T
HAVE TO.>>AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, THE
DEBATE OVER THE USE OF VIDEO
WITH RING DOORBELL CAMERAS
CONTINUES TO GROW, AND AT LEAST
ONE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT HAS
BEEN FILED AGAINST RING IN CONNECTION TO SECURITY BREACHES
OF IT’S CAMERA SYSTEMS. THIS DEBATE HAS BEEN GROWING AND
IT WILL CONTINUE TO GO ON. RON: WHAT ARE YOU TELLING PEOPLE
WHO ALREADY HAVE A RING SYSTEM
IN PLACE AND AS FAR AS
PROTECTING THEMSELVES? BRIAN: RING IS ROLLING OUT NEW
SYSTEMS BY THE WAY, AND THE
BIGGEST CHANGE THEY ARE MAKING
IS TO THEIR PROCEDURES. THEY ARE GOING WITH TWO FACTOR
AUTHENTICATION, SO SOMEBODY
TRIES TO GET AN, THEY WILL HAVE
AN EXTRA STEP TO GO THROUGH.

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