As of December 19th, 2019 on Wirecutter:
In light of recent reports of Ring device login credentials being compromised, we’re suspending our recommendation of all Ring products. Ring owners should update their passwords with a new, previously unused one.
Don’t buy a Ring camera. Don’t use a Ring camera.
The highlights of that company’s transgressions:
- Exposing user home WiFi password
- Secret partnerships with local police departments to shill for Ring
- Giving those same local police forces access to your videos on demand, without your consent.
For a quick rundown on what Ring is, what the Neighbors app is, and all the other “bad” coming from that direction, check out this piece on Vice.com.
If there’s one law I hope to see passed in the next decade, it’s one that simply says: “your data cannot be shared by any company without your express permission and informed consent.” Throw in a line about making it illegal to request perpetual consent via a EULA, too.