Wirecutter Pulls Ring Doorbell Recommendation

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.

About damn time. It’s not like these issues with Ring are new news, either.

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.

The Backfire Effect

Genocide Recognition

Per Fox:

The man acknowledged the outburst was unrelated to the purpose of the event, stating, “No disrespect to you all, I’m glad you guys are getting recognized for your genocide, but this man is a f—–g liar!”

Sounds like a Trump voter.

Call in Amash

Brilliant idea.

However, Democrats supportive of the idea — a group that includes conservative Blue Dogs as well as liberal members — applaud Amash for his courage standing up to Trump and his own party. While Amash was not part of the House investigative process, he’s a former lawyer known for his strict interpretations of the Constitution and is well-versed in the writings of the Founding Fathers.