Amazon's Ring Unit Reaches Settlement Over Privacy Concerns
Ring, the doorbell camera unit of Amazon.com, has managed to strike a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding privacy issues. The settlement was disclosed in a filing submitted on Wednesday to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Ring Agrees to Pay $5.8M as Part of the Settlement
A key part of this agreement sees Ring committed to pay a hefty $5.8 million. The details of this settlement were revealed in the court filing.
FTC's Concerns Over Ring's Data Security and Privacy Policies
The FTC highlighted Ring's practice of granting its employees unrestricted access to customers' sensitive video data. It was criticized as a "dangerously overbroad access and lax attitude toward privacy and security." This excessive access allowed employees and third-party contractors to view, download, and transfer customers' sensitive video data for their objectives.
Ring to Increase Transparency Regarding Data Access
Under the 20-year FTC agreement, Ring has been mandated to increase transparency by notifying customers about the extent of data access by the company and its contractors. This is a significant step towards Ring ensuring improved privacy and data security for its customers.