A report by The Intercept claims that smart home security company Ring gave its employees full access to its customers’ live camera feeds – inside, and outside the home – in what could be an explosive privacy scandal for the company. Best known for its smart video doorbells, Ring was acquired by Amazon in 2018 for over $1 billion, and recently debuted its new Ring Door View Cam at CES 2019, which turns your door’s peephole into a security camera. According to The Intercept, some Ring employees have seemingly unfettered access to customers’ live camera streams, with one team set up to improve object-based recognition capturing “people kissing, firing guns, and stealing.” As well as that, some US employees specifically have access to a video portal of customer cameras to allow them to give technical support; however, according to the report, even employees that didn’t deal with customers had access to it. A huge privacy concern Perhaps most alarming about this story, is that Ring employees only needed a customers’ email address to gain access to their camera feed. A source told The Intercept that, “I can say for an absolute fact if I knew a reporter or competitor’s email address, I could view all their cameras”. The source went on to talk about engineers “teasing each other about who they brought home” after romantic dates. It seems that the security problem was widespread within the company, with the report claiming a group of Ukraine-based researchers had access to a… [Read full story]
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