Warning for anyone with Amazon Ring or Google doorbell cameras

OWNERS of the biggest smart doorbell brands have been warned that recordings could be made of their devices without asking first.

According to a recent report, Ring has shared homeowners’ footage with law enforcement at least 11 times this year without their knowledge.

Now Google's Nest could also share footage without permission


Now Google’s Nest could also share footage without permissionPhoto credit: Getty

And now it turns out Google could do the same.

The company’s terms of service state that it can release videos of Nest doorbells to the police in extremely life-threatening situations.

“If we reasonably believe we can prevent someone from dying or suffering serious physical harm, we may release information to a government agency,” the company says.

“For example, bomb threats, school shootings, kidnappings, suicide prevention and missing persons cases.

“We are still reviewing these requests in light of applicable laws and our policies.”

A spokesman said CNET that Google “may release information to law enforcement without a subpoena or warrant” – at least in the US under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

The law in question states that content may be provided “if the provider has a good faith belief that an emergency involving a risk of death or serious physical injury to any person warrants the prompt disclosure of communications related to required in an emergency”.

But the spokesman said Google tries to notify users when such rare cases arise.

Ring — which is owned by Amazon — has previously said it’s “just plain wrong for Ring to give anyone unrestricted access to customer data or video, as we’ve repeatedly made clear to our customers and others.”

And it turned down some requests that got through.

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But others who make video doorbells, like Arlo, Eufy and Wyze, have said they would never release video without a search warrant.

Some devices, including Ring, offer end-to-end encryption that would prevent anyone from recording video – although in Ring’s case it’s not enabled by default, you’ll have to turn it on yourself.

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