Amazon's Ring to Pay $5.8 Million FTC Fine Over Alleged Privacy Violations
By Sabela Ojea
Amazon's Ring doorbell division is paying the U.S. Federal Trade
Commission a $5.8 million fine to settle a claim over an alleged
surveillance of its customers, according to an FTC filing.
The U.S. regulator said Thursday that Ring, the front-door
monitoring device acquired by the ecommerce giant in 2018, will be
required to delete data products including models and algorithms
derived from videos the FTC says it unlawfully reviewed.
It will also have to put in place a privacy and security program
with novel safeguards on human review of videos.
Ring didn't impose any technical or procedural restrictions on
employees being able to download, save or transfer surveillance
videos of customers until July 2017, the FTC said.
The ecommerce company didn't train its employees on how to treat
customer's sensitive video data until May 2018, the FTC added.
"Ring ignored information security considerations when
management believed they would interfere with growth," the FTC
At 15:11 E.T., Amazon shares were down 1.4% to $199.97.
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