The judge has passed the decision of paying £100k as a fine for a man in case of using the ring doorbell camera. It was against the data protection law because the camera led to the harassment of that man’s neighbour.
The Ring doorbell cameras can observe all sorts of movement and also permit you to keep an eye on who is on the other side of the door while pressing the ring bell. According to the statement of Dr Mary Fairhurst, “I feel like someone is stalking me when I come out of my home since my neighbour Jon Woodward had installed four doorbell cameras around his home premises.” stated in the Wales Online report.
Under this fear, she reports her fair, and on the last court hearing, Melissa Clarke – the judge said that is against the privacy law and UK GDPR.
Moreover, the court also came to know that the camera can cover a wider field to capture the images and record the videos and audio of Jon Woodward property.
The reviewer of the doorbell camera said, “We consider it as our top priority to understand our customer not to cross the privacy limit of anyone. We also remind them to keep in mind the protection laws while using the camera.”
In the upcoming hearing of the court, which will be held next month, Dr Fairhurst will have to pay the fine of £100,000.
Robin Knox, home security expert and co-founder of www.Boundary.co.uk has commented on the dispute:
“Although camera-based home security systems can be an efficient deterrent for burglars, they do come with their risks, and privacy is one of them. As seen in this case, it was ruled that the doorbell cameras were too invasive, so it’s important that people reassess their existing methods of home security to make sure it’s not impacting on the lives of others.
“Ring’s smart doorbell cameras are initially triggered by a motion sensor, as well as overlaying person detection, meaning recording can be triggered by anyone walking past. It’s important that when looking into outdoor home security cameras, buyers look for systems that include privacy masking to avoid recording outside of the boundary of the home. Otherwise, signage would be required as well as compliance with GDPR data management regulations. Motion detection zones can also be set up to reduce false alerts.
“Not only should a home security system flag legitimate threats of break-ins, but they should also then proceed to provide follow-through protection, such as automatic police response. Self-monitored cameras might initially seem useful and exciting but it can be hard to always be on-duty when at work, on holiday or asleep. A professionally monitored system from a recognisable brand makes it more likely that your intruder will be initially deterred, cause less damage and ultimately increase the likelihood of being caught, thanks to a swift and reliable 24/7 response. Look out for systems that have BS EN 50131 tested motion sensors, and only buy from companies who can offer a Grade 2 installation, Police URN, and are accredited by one of the two industry bodies (SSAIB or NSI). These companies are the only ones who can access the highest priority ‘level 1’ response from Police forces in the UK”