For owners of Amazon’s ring security cameras, strangers may have been watching too

The Intercept:

Ring has a history of lax, sloppy oversight when it comes to deciding who has access to some of the most precious, intimate data belonging to any person: a live, high-definition feed from around — and perhaps inside — their house.

Despite its mission to keep people and their property secure, the company’s treatment of customer video feeds has been anything but, people familiar with the company’s practices told The Intercept. Beginning in 2016, according to one source, Ring provided its Ukraine-based research and development team virtually unfettered access to a folder on Amazon’s S3 cloud storage service that contained every video created by every Ring camera around the world.

Consumers are far too ready to give up their privacy for security and companies are far too lax when it comes to protecting either. This is another data point for my contention that I will not allow these kinds of “security” devices in my home.