Ring Adds New Privacy Dashboard to iOS and Android Apps
In response to recent criticism over its security and privacy practices, Ring has today announced that it is adding a new privacy dashboard to its iOS and Android apps that will let users manage their connected devices and third-party services all in one place, The Verge is reporting.
Ring’s new Control Center, which will be available later this month, will also let customers know whether local police partnered with Ring can make requests to access the video from the Ring cameras on the account. The company says it plans to add more privacy and security settings to the dashboard in the near future.
Ring founder Jamie Siminoff says his company is continuing to inform its customers of the importance of two-factor authentication on their accounts and will be making it an “opt-out” thing for new account setups.
Ring has close relationships with over 600 police departments across the country to provide them with footage from the Ring cameras that are installed by homeowners. These relationships have been a point of criticism for months, as many reports have come out on how police are able to access and use Ring footage and the issues this presents for marginalized communities.
The new Control Center will also let Ring owners known if the company has a partnership with their local police department and manage the ability for police to request video clips.