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Amazon's Ring wants police to keep these surveillance details from you

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Police might be able to see throughout neighborhoods using Ring's video doorbells, but that transparency doesn't go both ways.

In documents sent to police in Illinois, Amazon's Ring unit instructs officers on exactly what law enforcement shouldn't share with the public.

But through public documents and interviews with police, we're able to explain exactly what those features are.

Ring has partnered with scores of police departments across the country, though the details of those relationships are often limited.

Privacy researcher Shreyas Gandlur released a map showing every Ring police partnership he could find, totaling 250 as of Aug. 19.

In email exchanges between Ring and the Bensenville, Illinois, police department in July, the Amazon-owned company -- Amazon purchased Ring in 2018 for $839 million -- detailed what tools should be kept confidential.

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