Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Police use spying doorbells to create digital neighborhood watch networks



Police departments across the country are creating spying doorbell networks or as they call them 'Neighbors' a digital neighborhood watch program.

Amazon created a 'Neighbors' app that allows homeowners to send videos of suspicious people to the police and neighbors.

An article in Motherboard warns, "the app, while presented as a crime-fighting aid, could also be a new place for paranoid people to profile fellow citizens, as similar platforms in the past".

Nosy neighbors send videos of suspicious people to the police in real-time.

"App users can see recent crime and safety posts uploaded by their neighbors, the Ring team and local law enforcement via an interactive map. If a neighbor notices suspicious activity in their area, they can post their own text, photo or video and alert the community to proactively prevent crime."

https://massprivatei.blogspot.com/2018/05/police-use-spying-doorbells-to-create.html

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