The makers of the smart video doorbell Ring have entered into a collaboration with four hundred American police forces. It allows them to request images from millions of users' cameras, The Washington Post writes Wednesday.
The collaboration enables the police to request images of ring cameras in people's homes after a crime. This is possible based on a specific time period or area.
Agents do not get access to live images. The police can request permission via e-mail, which owners can approve or refuse.
Ring cameras record images when motion is detected via the sensors. The company is part of the tech giant Amazon.
Ring and the police forces see the camera network as a way to keep the neighborhood safer and to assist with police investigations. Privacy groups and lawyers are more reserved, writes The Washington Post . For example, civil rights could be threatened and citizens might turn into informers.