A television programme created by Amazon will include clips from Ring security camera footage. The clip show, titled Ring Nation, will be hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes and act as a timely reminder that privacy is rapidly becoming little more than a dimly remembered relic of the distant past.
reporting deadlines Ring Nation will contain footage from people’s doorbell cameras and home security cameras and is set to debut on September 26. This footage is anticipated to include anything from surprise proposals to animal antics. Ring Nation, a half-hour programme, is a collaboration between MGM Television, Big Fish Entertainment, and Ring (and its co-founder and CEO Jamie Siminoff). These three businesses are all owned by Amazon.
There has always been a voyeuristic fascination with surveillance footage. Since the advent of streaming video, videos of people tripping in malls and accidently knocking over warehouse pallets have gone viral. However, there’s something slightly unsettling about Amazon, the enormous company that instals cameras in our houses, stores the data in the cloud, and then packages and presents these security videos in a silly clip show.
In accordance with a press statement, Ring Nation will gather its clips from American submissions.
A Ring representative told Mashable that “Ring Nation offers footage from a number of sources, including home videos, Video doorbells, and Cameras.” “Many of these have already been posted online. Others were delivered right to the group. Ring Nation obtains consent from owners or rightsholders for each film [original emphasis].”
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Ring gathers “material (and related information) that is captured and recorded when using our products and services, such as video or audio recordings,” as stated in the company’s privacy notice. This is to be expected as such collecting is required for the operation of the cloud storage functions on Ring devices.
This implies that Ring is theoretically able to go through the video of your home monitoring system in search of endearing moments it may exploit. The firm has previously shown that your home videos aren’t as private as you would think by giving record-breaking amounts of surveillance material to American police just last year.
Fortunately, until someone submits it, that video of your morning smoothie blowing up in your face is probably not going to be up on Ring Nation. With over 10 million people owning Ring cameras, Ring would first need to sift through a tremendous amount of footage to find it. Another is that, while Ring’s Privacy Notice outlines the purposes for which it will use the data it has acquired from consumers, it omits any mention of using those same customers’ video and audio recordings for a jovial clip show presented by Wanda Sykes.
The business does say that it “may use the personal information we gather about you in other ways” for which it “provides specific notice at the time of collection and obtains your consent, as may be needed by relevant legislation.” But it stands to reason that at the very least, your consent would be required before looking through your home security footage for humiliating footage of you dancing.