Similar to the message-board style app Nextdoor, Neighbors encourages people with Ring cameras, and others who join the platform independently, to share information to keep their neighborhoods “safe.” People can use Neighbors to publish footage alongside their posts; when the posts are forwarded to police officers, officers can click through to view the accompanying media.
Ring, which is owned by the tech giant Amazon, has formed a partnership with the LAPD that results in a steady stream of email alerts from the Neighbors platform to hundreds of officers in the department. LAPD is one of more than 2,600 police departments in the United States that have forged partnerships with Amazon’s Ring network.
And while these practices have shown few signs of improving policing outcomes, they take over inboxes, invade consumer privacy, and run the risk of misleading police officers as to how to spend their time and attention.
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