Civil liberties groups are asking CNET, Consumer Reports, and other tech publications to stop recommending the controversial surveillance devices.
Ring helped people form private ‘Digital Neighborhood Watches’ where they report ‘suspicious activity’ in exchange for free Ring products and discounts, according to a presentation obtained by Motherboard.
Neighbors, the ‘neighborhood watch’ app that accompanies Amazon-owned Ring doorbell cameras, is hiring a Managing Editor for news alerts in the app.
Ring claims its new app Neighbors will fight crime, but it could also become a platform for profiling and discrimination.
They also had some firearms, which probably helped, too.
Billing themselves as volunteer security for local businesses and residents, the watch group took to the rooftops in Missouri, apparently to the surprise of some residents.
Shomrim (Hebrew for "guards") is on call 24 hours a day. Every day it gets 11 to 15 calls, but more just after the sabbath, when there's a backlog due to people reporting incidents they had witnessed the previous day when they couldn't use the phone.