Ring is almost done playing Robin to law enforcement Batman.
A funny Ring Video Doorbell video that shows a bear dancing in the snow or a mailman pirouetting to Broadway show tunes in his head shows people stealing packages, vandalizing homes, and more. There are also videos of people committing petty crimes. The video collected by these popular porch cameras can be a crime-fighting bonanza for local police departments.
Ring (an Amazon company) added a free Neighbors app in 2017 after launching in 2013. The app serves as a place for Ring customers in the community to share details about local crime, such as people stealing packages from doorsteps. The platform also allows local law enforcement to post public service updates and contact Ring owners directly to request video of illegal activity occurring outside their homes. While this could be a strong crime deterrent, it is also seen as a potential privacy and civil rights violation issue, with some rings sharing videos of their customers with law enforcement without asking for permission. The track record was far from flawless.
After a 2021 update forced local law enforcement to post all calls for video calls under “Calls for Assistance” in the public part of the Neighbors app, Ring is also retiring that feature. It was determined.
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In other words, there should be no more posts from law enforcement in the Neighbors app that describe crimes in your local Ring service area and request videos related to the incident. Ring customers are, of course, free to share videos with law enforcement and authorities if they wish.
“Fire and police departments can continue to use the Neighbors app to share helpful safety tips, updates, and community events,” Eric Kuhn, Head of Ring at Neighbors, said in a release about the update. Masu. The platform will no longer be a place to request or exchange videos with authorities.
Ring also appears to be pushing Neighbors beyond (or perhaps away from) its community safety roots and toward viral videos shared on TikTok. There will be a new Neighbors section called “Ring Moments,” which is not explicitly aimed at sharing crime or safety videos, and a “Best of Ring,” which will feature videos hand-picked by Ring.
The company says Ring's Neighbors will continue to be a place to share important information about safety-related events happening in the area, such as floods, major storms and fires, but it is no longer the primary law enforcement resource for fighting crime. It is said that it is not the source.