Friday, March 17, 2023

Who Can Access Private Home Security Footage

Alfred Ng (via Hacker News):

The police said they were conducting a drug-related investigation on a neighbor, and they wanted videos of “suspicious activity” between 5 and 7 p.m. one night in October. Larkin cooperated, and sent clips of a car that drove by his Ring camera more than 12 times in that time frame.

He thought that was all the police would need. Instead, it was just the beginning.

They asked for more footage, now from the entire day’s worth of records. And a week later, Larkin received a notice from Ring itself: The company had received a warrant, signed by a local judge. The notice informed him it was obligated to send footage from more than 20 cameras — whether or not Larkin was willing to share it himself.


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To me the terrifying part is that individuals are keeping months of recordings of public streets. The guy is shocked the police is demanding videos from his home, but he had no trouble violating the privacy of every citizen using that street.

Think of that the next time you pick your nose (or worse) on an empty street.

Sorry Peter but the clue is in the phrase you used - ‘public street’
Nobody can expect privacy when out in public.

What could possibly be wise than picking your nose though?

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