A UK judge has ruled that a man violated his neighbor’s privacy by using Amazon’s ring doorbell without prior consent.
According to GuardianJohn Wooddard had installed a color door bell camera in front of his house and another security camera facing the side yard to help the brakes of the cars to stop the thieves. However, Woodward failed to show the camera to his neighbor, Dr. Mary Fairhorst. Fairhorst reported being “scared and frightened” when he realized that Woodard had a recording of him and his voice available on his smartphone. After a disagreement over the two cameras, Fairhorst finally left his home.
Oxford County Court Judge Melissa Clarke ruled that Woodard violated the UK General Data Protection Regulation Rules and Data Protection Act 2018.“Homeowners and residents should be consulted if they are connected to the desired area to view the homestead,” it said. Clark also ruled that the video and audio captured by the ring bell and cameras contained data from the Fair Horst, and that security devices were involved in the harassment.
For his part, Woodward maintained his sole purpose behind installing the camera to avoid thieves. The total fine can be up to £ 100,000, or about 7 137,000.
Although this case is not historic in the UK, it is an example of what happens when privacy laws are enforced. It’s hard to imagine a similar decision in the United States, which lacks privacy regulations like in the United Kingdom or the European Union, but the way companies collect cookies to comply with EU GDPR legislation. There was a need to change. Internet users in the United States (affected), hardware makers may eventually need more privacy concerns in their home surveillance products.
Amazon told the Guardian that it strongly encourages its customers to respect their neighbor’s privacy and to “comply with any applicable laws” when using color products. Color cameras have privacy settings, such as the ability to toggle sound recording with motion zones, allowing you to choose which parts of the camera preview should be considered for recording.
As a general courtesy, if your cameras point to someone else’s property – enough that your neighbor’s face and car license plates are occasionally framed – you should let them know. Although the whole point of these cameras is to help you see the people around you. They may be guilty, but usually they are just your neighbors. In this age of surveillance, security cameras turn everyone into a potential suspect.