Don’t be a creep with your Ring doorbell or Nest security camera. Follow these steps.

Don’t be a creep with your Ring doorbell or Nest security camera. Follow these steps.


-Hello from my video doorbell. Perhaps you’ve got
one of these, too. Video doorbells
and security cameras are among the fastest-growing
tech home-improvement projects. Cameras from Ring and Nest
catch porch pirates and people being
very, very, very weird. He did that for three hours! What’s not to love
about connected cameras? Well, civil liberties advocates
are getting concerned. An online surveillance network
built into millions of entryways is called “Big Brother,”
or at least “Big Doorbell.” And now police are very eager to get their hands
on this footage. Washington DC, for example, pays people up to $500
to install video cameras in exchange for voluntary access
to clips during investigations. Ring is making partnerships
with police all over the country to access its neighbors’
social network, where folks
share video clips and chat about
suspicious activity. -The Houston Police Department
encourages the Houston community to download
the free Neighbors app so they can keep up
with real-time crime and safety updates. -Then Ring also filed an eerily specific
patent application to put Amazon’s controversial
facial identification software into its camera
to identify people considered to be suspicious. Guess who owns Ring. It’s Amazon. Most people are happy
to help catch a criminal, and we’re nowhere
near the point yet where police can peer
in any time just to see who’s
coming over for dinner, but we probably don’t want
to build that, either. Even with video cameras
we control, we need rules for the road
to not be the neighborhood jerk. So I called up lawyers, cities,
and fellow doorbell owners to come up with
a few ethical guidelines. Number one — don’t point
your camera at the neighbors. This should be about
securing your castle only. Keeping a digital record
of every time somebody comes and goes is basically
stalker behavior. You can use wedges to angle
video doorbells toward your door, and some cameras
let you create zones to limit recording
to only important action. Next, let people know
they’re on camera. Put up a sign,
like these stickers used in DC, to flag your filming. While you’re legally allowed
to photograph people in public spaces, not letting them know
is kind of rude. A sign might also deter a potential burglar
or porch pirate. Also, don’t keep old footage
around, even in the Cloud. It’s hard to know today
how old footage might be used, or misused, tomorrow. The best strategy is to just
toss footage as soon as possible. Even the DC program
only asks for 48 hours. Though Ring’s basic plan wants
to hold onto it for two months. Next, share footage sparingly. Some people love posting clips of “suspicious-looking
characters” on nextdoor. com or Ring’s Neighbors
app. Most of us are not
actually experts on what counts
as suspicious. And too often, people of color
end up getting excess scrutiny. -Trick or treat.
-Trick or treat. -Focus on actual evidence
of crimes. Also, tighten up
your digital security. If someone hacks into
your camera, you’re responsible for exposing
the privacy of a lot of people. Updating software,
using unique passwords, and turning
on two-factor authentication is especially
important on cameras. Finally, remember,
you and your family are the ones
getting filmed the most. Surveillance
can cause family tension. So err on less recording. There’s only gonna be
more cameras and more invasive tech
in the future. So it’s up to us to use it
in a way that builds a world where we still have
some privacy.

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54 Replies to “Don’t be a creep with your Ring doorbell or Nest security camera. Follow these steps.”

  1. No such thing as privacy.
    They're actually using these cameras to keep track of when you enter and exit your home. The rate at which they'd catch perpetrators will pale in comparison to the data they'd accumulate on you. The same way they used Facebook to trick you into voting for your candidate they can use your data to capture you if you've got a warrant (which doesn't imply having committed a crime).

  2. BS . You have to pay Ring to store your vids and they helped me catch neighbors who were dealing drugs and you all need to get a life . I also only have it down into my yard they were standing outside at night doing it . I live alone and only check the cams once a day and erase

  3. Let the illegals in the country. Let the thieves know they have to hide their faces to steal your stuff. Where will liberals go next? Door lock removal?

  4. What you are saying here could be built into most applications, but companies do not do it. This reply for example, could be set to go away in a week, or in a day. Google/Youtube could do it, but they do not, why? Or, I could just not post the reply. WP could turn off replies until Youtube adds an option to allow users to have their post go away in time. This video is thought provoking.

  5. Sorry my doorbell put my Trumpist neighbor in prison after the moron stole our Amazon packages for over a month.
    Love these things!

    Too bad it isn't legal for the doorbells to have lethal features.

  6. Good report, thanks. Please try to not use the outdated, obsolete verb "film/filmed". Our cameras have not had film for decades. The correct term is record/recorded.

  7. This video is absolutely absurd. A.) Ring and items like it allow people at the companies that own them to look through those lenses, whether the companies are willing to acknowledge it or not. Build a close loop surveillance system if you want one and never share access to it with anyone accept law enforcement on a limited basis. B.) Yes, you are an expert on what is creepy to you. The absolute absurdity of the statement made in this piece is beyond the pale. It suggests that individuals should not feel comfortable setting their own threshold for what makes them uncomfortable. Yes, most people are stupid. But I get to decide if a neighbor getting drunk and licking my doorbell for 3 hours or some kids from a local school trying to play a prank on my door step or my mail man putting on a little exhibition because they see I have a camera out is creepy or a threat to me and my family and how to handle it. If anything this video could have discussed reasons some people seem to be getting worse at telling the difference between a threat and simply a person of another race coming to their door.

  8. I have a nest. Came with my flock of geese that patrol the entrance. Don't mess with the geese.

  9. Here's a point worth mentioning. If the technology to identify a person nearly instantly on camera inside a random residence existed in the time of the founding fathers the British Empire would have crushed the resistance in a matter of weeks.

  10. In this generation we are all being watched by big brother. I admit it would be nice to have these door cams. But new laws will have to be created. If you don’t use them as intended, you’re walking on civil liberties. Every one one would be locked up! The judicial system runs at a snails paced now. It would be in grid lock if we charged everyone who liked our doors. 😂But you get what I’m saying, right?

  11. Yeah, I don't really care about "ethics" with my cameras on my property. Go vote for a law if you have a problem with it.

  12. Hmmm, want the cops to use it if someone steals your package but don't ask for my feed if it doesn't affect me.

  13. Eeewww.. there's civic duty and there's spying on your neighbours; the latter destroys civil rights which the cops are bound to uphold so the issue becomes, can the cops be trusted and whats in place to keep that trust well placed?

  14. 1:15 At Sanchez St. and Liberty St. in San Francisco
    2:34 Atop the stairs at Liberty St. and Rayburn St. in San Francisco
    3:46 At Hill St. between Noe St. and Sanchez St. in San Francisco

  15. Hey, I have an Idea. Stay off my property and don't get your picture taken. I have one on my front door and my back door. I caught the neighbor pissing on my garage. I know what neighbor doesn't pick up after his dog poops in my yard.

    Not to mention the door to door salesmen that turn around when they spot the camera. I'll keep my videos as long as I want, so go jump in a lake.

  16. In todays western culture, everyone should automatically assume they are being recorded.
    Very few public buildings if any do the things you are askings.
    If you want privacy in your own yard? Put up a privacy fence. But don't be surprised if someone uses that same fence to break into YOUR house.

  17. Geez, what’s with people complaint about having cameras protecting your house?
    Their are bad apples
    And the. Their are the good apples
    The good apples, just leave them alone they are just bringing down their insurance rates.
    Helping the neighborhood and protecting their house!
    The bad apples: Well you know the creeps..
    Pointing cameras at your house etc.

    Go after the bad apples, not the good apples 🙂

  18. Call me a derelict but I’m not going to worry about being “rude or creepy” when it comes to my security. If you are in front of my door or in my residence I will record you and I will keep the footage and if you ever commit a crime I’m gonna have a record of it. This technology has made us safer and has caught so many (Chris Watts for example). How did we get to a place in this country where we are apologetic for recording people who come on your property? Has anyone been to Walmart or a grocery store or 711 they record and I will continue to record.

  19. Brilliant scheme really. $500 just to let the police watch some video of my area. Criminals will do something dumb and be caught. Makes the streets safer! Just don't take the surveillance too far like China has.

  20. Install CCTV (Closed Circut Television) cameras instead. Emphasis on the "Closed" part, do not connect your camera to the internet. , If you do, use proper encryption.

  21. Go ahead, masses. Buy this crap, put it all over your house, above your bed, in front of the toilet. let NSA in. Anything you have to plug to the internet, is accessible to hackers everywhere!
    Oh, and don't forget to get Alexa! un……believable.

  22. What?  Idiots, really sheeple are idiots!  Google implanted a hidden microphone in the Nest, to allow the Google Nazi Youth to listen and spy on customers, and sheeple don't take time to do their research on this crap, sad!

  23. The amount of granola crunchy people in here talking about, “my civic rights.. blah blah”, makes my skin crawl. Jeez, it’s not that serious people. If you’re not doing anything wrong, who cares.

  24. Omg some of the people in this neighbor app, are the definition of a "karen" these old ladies will post a video of some family parked in front of their house using the gps and make a post saying "suspicious activity, this cars been parked on this public street for over a half hour…" please dont be that person people!

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