Got Amazon Prime? Me, too. Honestly, Prime becomes an addiction but I suspect Amazon’s executives knew that would happen. Add free shipping to One-Click Buy and let the hunger games begin. Our residence is graced with a couple of Ring doorbells for security. The Ring surveillance system is now owned by Amazon.
Are you beginning to get a picture of what may come in the future? I do. Amazon partners with the police to create a security Ring of sorts. You know. Like ‘Big Brother.’ Scared yet?
What do you know about Big Brother?
“Big Brother” has come into common use to describe any prying or overly-controlling authority figure and attempts by government to increase surveillance.
That may say more than you think, especially if Amazon, one of the more notorious companies involved in home surveillance, also partners with authorities; ostensibly for good, but with technology that could be used against you.
How so? Drew Harwell explains:
The doorbell-camera company Ring has quietly forged video-sharing partnerships with more than 400 police forces across the United States, granting them access to homeowners’ camera footage and a powerful role in what the company calls the nation’s “new neighborhood watch.”
In other words, your security system– based on Ring– isn’t really your security system so much as it is a security system that belongs to Big Brother. Amazon.
Yes, the same Amazon that drops off packages inside your door, inside your car’s trunk, can now see what’s going on in your front porch, front lawn, outside your back door, or anywhere else you install a Ring security system.
The partnerships let police automatically request the video recorded by homeowners’ cameras within a specific time and area, helping officers see footage from the company’s millions of Internet-connected cameras installed nationwide
Privacy just isn’t what it used to be.
Amazon has already partnered with more than 400 police forces across the U.S. and estimates indicate many thousands more may join.
Imagine the public outcry if Apple’s Siri was caught listening to private conversations that were being recorded and saved for employees or contractors to monitor.
Big Brother seems to come in many forms.