Can Washington State Police Legally Ask For The Video From Your Ring Doorbell?

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You might not realize this but Ring doorbells had a feature that allowed Ring to share your videos with the police department even without your consent.

In recent news, Ring is going to disable a feature called the "Request For Assistance" feature that could limit how law enforcement access videos embedded in the doorbell.

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This feature has raised concerns among privacy advocates who are worried about the possibility of law enforcement accessing residents' footage without authorization.

In the past, Ring could share the video footage from your doorbell without consent or a need for a warrant but it looks like Amazon is making a change to their policy.

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So, can Washington State police ask for your Ring Doorbell video without a warrant?

The Washington State Constitution guarantees the right to privacy, and the state's privacy laws are among the strongest in the country.

However, under some circumstances, law enforcement agencies may request access to your Ring Doorbell footage without a warrant.

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For instance, in an emergency, police officers can ask for video to help them respond to a crime in progress or locate a missing person.

Nevertheless, Washington State law requires police to obtain a warrant before accessing Ring doorbell footage, except in specific situations.

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Under the Washington State Privacy Act, private individuals have the right to collect, retain, and access information they generate through the use of a surveillance system, including Ring doorbell, therefore, homeowners have the right to refuse access to law enforcement officials seeking to obtain their Ring doorbell video footage without a warrant.

So going forward, Washington State Police will have to have a warrant to access your Ring doorbell unless you willingly help out on your own.

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