Reviewed October 5th, 2020
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Ring Home Security Cameras

Amazon.com, Inc.
2/10

Summary

The Ring Home Security Cameras are HD-video, night vision, motion activation equipped cameras that offer 24-hour surveillance for your home. They can be controlled and monitored through your phone or through an Amazon Echo Show home hub. The cameras can be purchased for $99 to $249 depending on the model.

Breach History


Has there ever been a breach or data leak?

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Date of last breach

February 2020


A large database containing millions of European customer records was found unsecured on Amazon Web Services on February 3, 2020. Information from several companies was found on this database, such as Amazon, eBay, Shopify, PayPal, and Stripe. Leaked personal information could include name, shipping address, email, phone number, items purchased, payment history, and partially redacted credit cards.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Ring is owned by Amazon, who have been known to store unencrypted data on their servers, which can easily be accessed by employees. Their partnership with local law enforcement has also raised a number of privacy and civil rights questions, and the cameras may be used to create a facial recognition database. Be aware of these risks before purchasing this product.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Ring collaborates with police departments across the United States to promote the use of neighborhood surveillance and security cameras. Law enforcement also has access to the approximate locations of these cameras and can request access to footage with owner consent. Any footage downloaded from these cameras can also be kept as long as they want and shared with anyone.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Affordable.
  • Large variety of cameras.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Privacy concerns.
  • Tough features to reset.

Final Thoughts


Amazon notoriously collects a large amount of data on its users and uses it to target them with interest-based ads. Amazon was also included in a data breach that exposed information from several million European Amazon accounts. As a result, personal information seems to be at serious risk when using Amazon products.

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