Amazon is known for their in-home technology. From Ring security cameras to the Alexa and Echo devices – Amazon has been welcomed into homes with open arms. But how would you feel about an Amazon drone?
The Ring website touts the Always Home Cam as being “Next-Level Indoor Security.”
This autonomous indoor security camera works with Ring Alarm and flies to pre-selected locations so you can easily check on your home. Designed with privacy in mind, the motors even hum when in flight — it’s privacy you can hear.
This opens privacy concerns on more than one level. Ring makes the popular doorbell cameras, and has seen backlash from their willingness to submit footage to law enforcement officers. CNet reported:
Ring said in a statement that its devices have helped catch burglars, as well as cases of animal abuse, and said that the company helps customers “make a positive impact in their neighborhoods.”
“At Ring, our customers are at the core of our mission to help make neighborhoods safer. We believe strong communities are key to creating safer neighborhoods,” a Ring spokeswoman said. “And building a stronger community happens when its members come together in support of a common goal.”
It would make perfect sense for security footage to be turned over to police in the event that a burglar was caught on camera or another crime was captured. However, that is not the decision of Ring or Amazon to make, that decision belongs to the individual who installed the security measures. This is how evidence discovery is supposed to work.
Not to mention the controversies that occurred at the end of 2019, such as the hacker who presented himself to a small child as being Santa Clause.
Even the popular voice command devices such as Alexa and Echo have been under scrutiny by the tech world for their effective wiretapping of peoples homes.
As if this wasn’t enough to instill trust in allowing yet another advancement of surveillance into your home, Amazon has now welcomed former NSA chief General Keith Alexander onto their board of directors.
It is important to note that General Alexander was overseeing the National Security Agency at the time that Snowden revealed the illegal surveillance programs to the world.
Are you ready to welcome an Amazon drone into your home? Let us know in the comments below.