Amazon’s home surveillance company Ring appears to have more partnerships with law enforcement agencies in the country than previously believed. An email obtained through a public record request by Motherboard shows that the company has entered into partnerships with at least 200 law enforcement agencies.
Ring never made the exact number of these partnerships public but the email, which includes notes taken by a police officer during a Ring webinar in April which he emailed to himself, mentions that the company has teamed up with at least 200 law enforcement agencies in the country. There’s a possibility that the total number of partnerships may have changed since the email was sent in April.
Additional emails that were obtained by the scribe revealed that this webinar was to train officers on how to use the “Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal.” The portal allows the local police to see a map that has the approximate locations of all Ring cameras in a neighborhood. They can then request footage directly from the camera owners without requiring a warrant, though owners need to provide consent for the footage.
Earlier reports have suggested that Ring has partnerships with the police to get them to promote its home security products to their communities. The local police then earns credit toward free Ring cameras for each resident who downloads Ring’s app because of the partnership. Ring has not yet commented on the report.