AMAZON Ring doorbells are now in partnership with around 2,000 police and fire departments in the US.
This means those emergency services can request to see footage that the smart doorbells record.
US authorities can request access to the footage taken by the smart doorbellsCredit: AP:Associated Press
According to the Financial Times, 62 law enforcement departments were added in the last month.
The interest in the smart doorbells stems from the fact they often film an area a lot wider than just your front door.
Their video footage and motion censors could be used to prove if a suspect was or wasn’t present during an incident.
Footage could also reveal how a fire started.
The doorbells have cameras that can film the doorstep and its surroundingsCredit: EPA
Amazon has previously come under fire for its Ring partnership with law enforcers.
Some people accused the tech giant of being ‘too co-operative’ with user data.
However, users do have the option to deny police access to footage if it’s requested.
Amazon also deletes old video footage from its system.
It’s thought Ring doorbells watch over hundreds of thousands of doorsteps in the US.
They’re also popular in the UK and have been used to fight crime on a number of occasions.
What is Amazon Ring?
Ring is a home security and smart home company owned by Amazon.
It makes smart home security products that you can access via your smartphone.
Ring’s most famous gadget is its smart doorbell.
It has a camera and microphone installed and acts like a remote peephole you can access from anywhere.
Ring also makes smart security cameras, smart locks for your door and more.
Amazon bought Ring for over $1billion (£760million) in 2018.
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