r/technology – Ring refuses to say how many users had video footage obtained by police


That’s hard, most of these companies want a cloud solution that has a monthly fee, and the ones that don’t still want to harvest your data. The start is realizing that this won’t be easy as you’ll have to solve some problem on you’re own or cut some features.

First of which is likely admitting that you don’t need to see your doorbell when you aren’t home. Your phone can’t talk to devices on your home wifi without an intermediary. This is the case for all services, ring, echo, Google home, whatever. They all use the same pattern, device registers with a central cloud service and your phone asks that service for data from your device when you’re away from home. If they can do this then there is little guarantee that they don’t have your feeds and can’t share it with law enforcement. There are a few that specify that data is only kept locally like the Eufy doorbell that I can’t vouch for since I just found it in a Google search for your question.

Another option is to get a wired video intercom system instead. This means no phone access but a wall mounted device that you talk through and watch video on. Wired means running cables through walls but that’s your trade off. A wired system that isn’t in your home network at all obviously then can’t send your videos out to the internet.

Myself, I don’t have a doorbell system. I use a standard wired cctv system that has no internet connection. I have wires in the walls and a small monitor attached to the DVR in a room of my house. I have a Swann system but mostly because it came with the house. This works for me because I don’t care about viewing remotely and don’t trust cloud services. I work in online platform security so I don’t trust them.


That’s hard, most of these companies want a cloud solution that has a monthly fee, and the ones that don’t still want to harvest your data. The start is realizing that this won’t be easy as you’ll have to solve some problem on you’re own or cut some features.

First of which is likely admitting that you don’t need to see your doorbell when you aren’t home. Your phone can’t talk to devices on your home wifi without an intermediary. This is the case for all services, ring, echo, Google home, whatever. They all use the same pattern, device registers with a central cloud service and your phone asks that service for data from your device when you’re away from home. If they can do this then there is little guarantee that they don’t have your feeds and can’t share it with law enforcement. There are a few that specify that data is only kept locally like the Eufy doorbell that I can’t vouch for since I just found it in a Google search for your question.

Another option is to get a wired video intercom system instead. This means no phone access but a wall mounted device that you talk through and watch video on. Wired means running cables through walls but that’s your trade off. A wired system that isn’t in your home network at all obviously then can’t send your videos out to the internet.

Myself, I don’t have a doorbell system. I use a standard wired cctv system that has no internet connection. I have wires in the walls and a small monitor attached to the DVR in a room of my house. I have a Swann system but mostly because it came with the house. This works for me because I don’t care about viewing remotely and don’t trust cloud services. I work in online platform security so I don’t trust them.

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