Doorbells with built-in video cameras become a problem for the FBI and police

Doorbells with built-in video cameras become a problem for the FBI and police


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Sergei Dragun | 09/01/2020

Doorbells with built-in video cameras become a problem for the FBI and police

Video panels alert homeowners when police are approaching, or give out the location of ambushed employees.

Federal Bureau of Investigation documents report that video captured on video panels helps solve crimes, but the side effect is the ability to track actions.
the police. Every homeowner with a video camera can watch the actions of the police in real time. The FBI report describes some of the problems that arise from this. In some cases,
the suspects knew in advance about the approach of the police for a search, found an ambush near the house, or simply photographed the police. The report mentions a case where FBI agents approached
to the house of the suspect for a search. He was not at home, but thanks to remote access to the door video camera, he found out about the arrival of agents and contacted his neighbor. The FBI suggests that he could
“To secretly observe the activities of law enforcement agencies”.

On the other hand, the developer of Ring video panels, Amazon, has offered law enforcement a “heat map” that shows the concentration of cameras in an area. The company has not only established
partnerships with law enforcement agencies, but also convinced users to transfer the footage to the police. In theory, this jeopardizes people’s privacy,
whose neighbors are sharing the video with the police.

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