U.S. lawmakers are demanding that Amazon tell them more about how Ring, Amazon’s surveillance network, is protecting consumer data.
Five Democratic lawmakers made their concerns public about potential security vulnerabilities in Ring’s systems and the sharing of Americans’ home security footage with research and development teams on foreign soil in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
The letter is signed by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon, Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Chris Coons of Delaware, and Gary Peters of Michigan who all support looking into Ring’s practices.
“Millions of consumers use Ring’s products and services, which include internet-connected video doorbells, spotlight cameras and alarm systems,” the letter reads. “Ring devices routinely upload data, including video records, to Amazon’s servers. Amazon therefore holds a vast amount of deeply sensitive data and video footage detailing the lives of Americans in and near their homes.”