Amazon's Ring camera raises congressional concern about civil liberties

The Washington Post reported last week that Ring has forged video-sharing partnerships with more than 400 police forces across the United States, granting them potential access to homeowners’ camera footage and a powerful role in what the company calls the nation’s “new neighborhood watch.”

In the St. Louis area, several police departments, including Florissant and St. Charles, have launched voluntary community camera programs, encouraging residents to register their video surveillance systems. The North County Police Cooperative recently announced plans to distribute free Ring cameras to residents of Vinita Park, Pine Lawn and Wellston. The St. Louis County Police Department announced in June it was joining the free Neighbors app by Ring.

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