December 30, 2019 – Following harrowing reports of Ring devices being hacked, Gizmodo issued a do not buy warning for Amazon Ring devices and Wirecutter suspended their recommendation.
These hacks are not the only security concerns. Reports of leaked user’s Wi-Fi passwords and home addresses have plagued Ring in recent months.
Given the threats these devices pose to security and privacy, Fight for the Future calls on tech review sites to rescind their recommendations as Wirecutter and Gizmodo did.
Consumer Reports and Tom’s Guide responded that they have not determined if they will rescind their recommendation but are discussing internally. Business Insider, Digital Trends, igeeksblog.com, PC Magazine, Safety.com, TechHive, and TechRadar have have yet to respond.
“Tech reviews and guides play an important role in people deciding which devices to buy,” said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future. “The reviewers we’ve reached out to recommended Ring as the best in their category. Meanwhile, report after report details security issues, concerns, and leaks with Ring technology. These devices are not safe. It’s important reviewers honor the public trust and suspend their recommendation.”
Last week, Fight for the Future, issued a Product Warning about Ring, along with Electronic Privacy Information Center, Consumer Action, and other advocacy groups.