Senators press Amazon over Ring security concerns

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Ron Wyden said Ring doorbell cameras may pose national security concerns

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FILE – In this April 9, 2019 file photo, Senate Finance Committee ranking member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A report by Wyden, based on an 18-month investigation by the finance panel’s Democratic staff, found that NRA leaders “engaged in a years-long effort to facilitate the U.S.-based activities” of Russian nationals Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) – A group of Democratic U.S. senators is questioning Amazon about the security of its Ring doorbell cameras following reports that some Ukraine-based employees had access to video footage from customers’ homes.

A letter to Amazon Wednesday from Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and four other Democrats said the internet-connected devices may pose national security concerns.

News site The Intercept earlier reported that Ring employees in the U.S. and Ukraine had access to personal data from cameras around the world. The letter asks the company to explain its practices to address security vulnerabilities.

Ring says it’s reviewing the letter.

The letter comes after one of the senators in the group, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, on Tuesday released Amazon’s responses to separate privacy and civil liberty concerns.

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