What home security cameras are meant to provide -security and privacy- may seem paradoxical. How can you keep your family and yourself happy and safe in the private spaces of your mansion, if it feels like in-house cameras are spying on you? The worse thing is that, if it’s a cloud security system, they probably are.
How to keep your home security from spying on you? The answer is not that easy but definitely worth knowing.
It’s best to have both safety and privacy. It isn’t an easy combination. A home security system can provide help with physical intrusions, but it can also get you some built-in privacy flaws. Examples?
We’ve all heard about Ring
News revealed that this home cloud camera security brand gave employees access to customer video footage. The doorbell cameras are intended for outdoor coverage, but the company also sells cameras for inside use. Earlier this year it was discovered that the camera/doorbell unit was partnered with 400 police forces. The collaboration was set across the country and consisted of sharing videos with them. According to The Washington Post, the police can request a recorded video in a specific time and area. Homeowners can decline these requests, though. In the big picture, the Amazon-owned company is creating a for-profit surveillance network. At the same time, placing responsibility on the Ring’s owner.
Ring calls neighbors its “neighborhood watch app”
“Ring’s business model is fundamentally incompatible with democracy and basic human rights,” Evan Greer told Axios. “A world full of cheap, insecure, privately owned surveillance devices is not a safer world for the majority of people on this planet.” And what’s even worse than the flaws of its basic social idea, is that the Ring camera is quite easy to hack. Almost all these connected cameras interact with other smart devices. All that data is ending up going to other companies’ and third-parties’ servers. Do you still believe that the cloud security system is so smart?
Should we worry about being spied on?
Smart cameras can also be very sophisticated bugs if programmed properly. They can allow the covert viewing, listening, and recording of whatever is within their range. That means there is the potential for unlawful surreptitious non-consensual recording where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy or confidentiality.
Opt for a system designed for privacy
You’ll run into security and privacy issues with many home systems. Yes, the cloud is a novelty and it seems so special. No, it’s not the best solution ever. Depending on your priorities, you have a few options for your home system. Self-monitoring systems put the focus on you, the homeowner. What sounds like too much responsibility is actually the right amount of it. Home cameras that don’t send any information to the cloud, will also send you alerts to your phone. In this way, what you do is up to you.
Feeling like you’re being watched can be an issue with a cloud monitoring system
It can be an unnerving experience to feel like your daily life is being followed. Not to mention how much it can disrupt your family life. You can feel helpless of having no way to know for sure whether you’re under surveillance or not. You installed your cloud system, set two security passwords, and so on, but you’re still not sure. Technologically-advanced surveillance is hard to detect. There are, however, some signs to look out for to know if you’re being spied on.
A smart security system is a great idea when it’s used in the right manner
A home security surveillance system requires video cameras to record what’s going on. An issue arises when those security cameras are connected to, and accessible from, the internet. At this point, questions about who is watching the watcher come to the fore. When those connected cameras can be found in everything from your doorbell to the baby watch in the nursery, we can’t ignore privacy issues. There are several simple practices you can follow to improve your privacy. They include strong passwords, two-factor password verification with a “burner” device (connecting your alarm system to a phone number that’s less connected to you or setup via Google Voice), opting out of law enforcement requests, turning off the device’s microphone, and installing tracker blockers on your phone. Having a well-adjusted and protected security system at home is all that we need to feel safe and secured.