Amazon is using footage of an alleged thief to promote its Ring doorbells on social media
Umm, yeah, I don’t know about this.
The footage was captured on the doorbell camera and was shared via the Ring’s Neighbors app. The sponsored post asks anyone with knowledge regarding the suspect to contact the local Mountain View Police Department.
Apparently, this is legal, but it definitely isn’t cool
Do you live in 94040 (or nearby)?Mountain View Residents: Do you recognize this woman?On May 22, this woman was caught on camera breaking into a vehicle at a Mountain View home near Castro St and Miramonte Ave.If you have any information on the whereabouts of this woman, please contact the Mountain View Police Department at 650-903-6344 (Case Number: 19-3742). And please share this post, so we can all stay alert.
Posted by Ring on Thursday, May 30, 2019
The video states “Mountain View and vicinity: do you recognize this woman?” In the video, we can see a woman attempting to open a locked car, with the description of the video stating,
On May 22, this woman was caught on camera breaking into a vehicle at a Mountain View home near Castro St and Miramonte Ave … please share this post, so we can all stay alert.
The video has had over 14,000 views and had been shared over 100 times
“Alerts are created using publicly posted content from the Neighbors app that has a verified police report case number,” the spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement last Friday. “We get the explicit consent of the Ring customer before the content is posted, and utilize sponsored, geotargeted posts to limit the content to relevant communities.”
Now the main issue in all of this is the legality of Ring using someone’s face who has been suspected of a crime by their ‘customers’ without consent. Even though Ring states that they have done nothing wrong, people on the internet don’t share the same opinion. Read more here.
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