Feb 17, 2021

Los Angeles police 'wanted Amazon Ring BLM protest footage'

Los Angeles police asked Amazon Ring smart home system users for camera footage from last summer's Black Lives Matter protests, says privacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF obtained emails from police asking for footage from the protests. An LA police spokesman said it was "Not uncommon" for them to ask businesses or residents to voluntarily share footage. The Los Angeles Police Department created the Safe LA Task Force days after the first protests, with the aim of receiving tips and investigating the protests against police violence. In the UK, Wiltshire police set up a database of private smart doorbells and security cameras last year, and residents are being asked to register their details on it.

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