Amazon's Ring doorbell cameras attract congressional concern
Amazon-owned doorbell camera company Ring is facing questions from a U.S. senator over its partnerships with police departments around the country.
Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, sent a letter Thursday to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos raising privacy and civil liberty concerns about Ring cameras that are capturing and storing footage of U.S. neighborhoods.
Many police agencies have said the partnerships with Ring's crime-focused social network serve as a digital neighborhood watch . Critics complain it turns neighborhoods into places of constant surveillance and creates suspicion that falls heavier on minorities.
The Washington Post reported last week that more than 400 police agencies have signed agreements with Ring since the company began the partnerships last year.
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