FTC Is Paying Ring Clients Hundreds of thousands in Amazon Settlement


If Amazon staff or hackers accessed private footage out of your Ring digicam with out your consent, you is likely to be entitled to a hefty payout.

The U.S. Federal Commerce Fee is issuing $5.6 million in refunds to sure Ring clients after it discovered that staff and contractors have been unlawfully accessing personal video content material to make use of for algorithm coaching and different inside functions.

Amazon-owned Ring was additionally accused of not implementing correct safety protections to forestall hackers from accessing customers’ accounts and photographs with out their consent.

“These practices led to egregious violations of customers’ privateness,” the FTC stated in Thursday’s discover.

In June 2023, Amazon settled two privacy-related fits with the FTC, one associated to Ring and one stating that it violated the Kids’s On-line Privateness Safety Act Rule (COPPA Rule) with its Alexa voice assistant. Amazon was ordered to pay greater than $30 million in civil penalties and buyer refunds.

Whereas we disagree with the FTC’s claims relating to each Alexa and Ring, and deny violating the legislation, these settlements put these issues behind us,” Amazon stated in an announcement to Entrepreneur on the time.

The FTC stated it can divide the $5.6 million into roughly 117,044 PayPal funds to clients who owned sure forms of Ring gadgets through the alleged unauthorized use. Affected clients should redeem their PayPal funds inside 30 days.

Associated: Police Can No Longer Request Ring Digicam Footage From Amazon

Amazon didn’t difficulty an announcement on this week’s matter however instructed the Related Press that affected clients have been notified if their knowledge had been “uncovered in a third-party, non-Ring incident” by hackers. The corporate didn’t touch upon the allegations of staff and contractors accessing buyer knowledge.

Amazon was up over 71% yr over yr as of Friday afternoon.


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