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Amazon’s Ring added over 1,000 police departments to its Neighbors Portal program in 2020

Not surprising, honestly.

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It’s no secret that Amazon’s Ring works with police departments around the country through its Neighbors Portal program, but it seems police departments really got onboard with the video doorbells in 2020.

According to a new report from Financial Times, Ring added more fire and police departments in 2020 than ever before. According to the report, over 1,189 were added in 2020, bringing the total agencies in the program up to 2,014.

That’s a large increase over the 704 departments added in 2019 and the 40 added in 2018 and really shows the momentum the program is gaining. Every state now has participating agencies, except for Montana and Wyoming.

Ring’s Neighbors Portal allows police to request footage from your video doorbell. It’s also possible to opt-out of requests, but as you can see below, it doesn’t always matter.

The FT report notes that police asked Ring owners for information from Ring cameras over 22,000 times. Additionally, Ring data shows that law enforcement agencies made approximately 1,900 requests for subpoenas, search warrants, and court orders from camera owners that denied information requests. Even after owners denied the request, Amazon worked with them 57% of the time by providing footage.

So, yeah, if you have a Ring camera, just know that there is a growing chance that you are working with police, whether you like it or not.

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