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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the pages of Orlando Weekly: Third-Party Data Trackers in Ring Doorbell Home Security app

We’ve become a nation enchanted by the internet of things. Our networked assistants nag us to get in those steps, let us play with our pets when we’re away from home, even get milk delivered before we notice we’re almost out. In this environment, it’s no wonder that internet enabled Ring doorbells has become one of America’s largest security companies. There is little hard evidence that these data-enabled security cameras deter crime, but the thought of scaring off someone trying to steal a package is just irresistible, it seems. But technology is moving faster than foresight. In December a data leak released the personal information of more than 3,000 users. And an investigation by the Electronic Frontier Foundation finds that …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Under Orlando’s real-time surveillance partnership with Amazon, everyone’s a suspect

Orlando Police Chief John Mina doesn’t see a privacy issue in Orlando’s partnership with Amazon for their real-time surveillance technology. Using the city’s extensive camera system, Amazon’s Rekognition program will scan people’s faces as it looks for a person of interest when it becomes fully operational. Mina says it’s similar to officers using their eyes to scan a crowd. But Clare Garvie, with the Center on Privacy & Technology, says Orlando’s use of Rekognition is actually more like police asking everyone in a crowd for individual IDs to make sure they aren’t a suspect. With little scrutiny, Orlando leaders have been experimenting for months with this powerful new technology, which they hope will help them catch criminals, find missing children …
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