The close relationship between Ring and hundreds of police agencies has become a concern for The Monitoring Association. The group is an international trading organization for video surveillance."We are troubled by recent reports of agreements that are said to drive product-specific promotion, without alerting consumers about these marketing relationships," TMA's president Ivan Spector said in a statement published Wednesday. "This lack of transparency goes against our standards as an industry, diminishes public trust, and takes advantage of these public servants."
Ring didn't respond to a request for comment.
The trade association is calling for Ring to be more transparent about its police partnerships, and inform consumers about how closely tied to police the company is.
The callout echoes complaints by privacy advocates. Fight for the Future, a tech-focused nonprofit, launched a campaign in July calling for cities to ban police partnerships with Ring."When an industry association that represents security and surveillance camera companies thinks that your practices are too invasive and lack transparency, that really says something," Fight for the Future's deputy director Evan Greer said in a statement. "This should be setting off alarm bells for local elected officials in the hundreds of cities that already have these partnerships."
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