Ring, a home security and smart home company owned by Amazon manufactures a range of home security products, took swear to keep your property safe and secure. But the doorbell Right App helps you to monitor your visitors through your smart phones and that it is surveilling its users. They keep your information apart from third-party vendors. Ring for Android version 3.21.1 app got tested and found it was sharing data and information regarding whether Bluetooth is enabled to access the app.
The test has been done by Bill Budington, a long time activist, programmer and cryptography enthusiast. Budington mentioned four cardinal companies receiving the information including Branch, a mobile linking platform helps you acquire and measure across all devices and channels and platforms by providing a historic view of all user touch points, AppsFlyer, a privately held company founded in 2011 by Oren Kaniel, Mixpanel, is a business analytics service company which tracks user interactions with web and mobile applications and provide tools for targeted communication with them, and Facebook, known as a tech giant founded by Mark Zuckerberg. Analytics companies take these discrete forms of data and combine them with other internet user data with an eye to creating a connective image of device usage.
We know that Ring App hasn’t taken any action for the security of these trackers which increases the risk of exposure meaning unaccountable marketers have access to customer data and can follow their actions around as they use their mobile devices. There are many revelations involving Ring and among them the latest incident is reportedly a few Ring employees were fired for directly spying on customers.
The world is seeing Amazon’s surveillance process and Amazon should consider it even though it has a patent for ‘’surveillance as a service.’’ Decentralization can provide one option in terms of alternative models that are less exploitative of user data. Budington says that it’s possible to imagine a privacy-centric marketing technique that allows users to have targeted ads without a big, centralized database of users information. The tracking industry is not basically interested in these solutions so long as it can make big money out of slurping up as much data as it can.