Amazon Engineer: ‘Ring should be shut down immediately and not brought back’

    Date31 Jan 2020
    CategoryPrivacy
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    Posted ByBrittany Day
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    Are you an Amazon Ring user? An Amazon software engineer named Max Eliaser is calling for the shutdown of Ring, the doorbell camera company Amazon paid $2 billion for in 2018, due to serious privacy concerns. What are your thoughts?

    Hundreds of Amazon employees recently banded together to form Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, an organization dedicated to holding the company’s feet to the fire when it comes to taking the steps necessary to face the global climate crisis. The group published a post on Medium yesterday sharing its members’ views on climate change, but Eliaser apparently felt the need to speak out on a different subject.

    They wrote:

    The deployment of connected home security cameras that allow footage to be queried centrally are simply not compatible with a free society. The privacy issues are not fixable with regulation and there is no balance that can be struck. Ring should be shut down immediately and not brought back.

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