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Amazon Facing Criticism over Data Breach with Ring Home Security System

HeadlineDec 20, 2019

Amazon is facing criticism over its home security camera and “smart home” product called Ring, after a data leak exposed the personal information of over 3,000 users. The data breach, first exposed by Buzzfeed News, included emails, passwords and other sensitive information that would allow hackers to access live camera footage from inside every room of people’s homes. The data breach follows criticism over Ring’s cooperation with more than 400 police departments, giving cops the ability to use homeowners’ camera footage in their investigations. In October, a group of 30 civil rights groups published a joint letter demanding that lawmakers stop the police partnership, calling it a threat to civil rights and liberties, especially for black and brown communities.

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