An interesting fact was forced to disclose by Amazon, responding to a request submitted by the US Congress. IN official answer The company acknowledged that over the past four years, at least four Amazon Ring employees have lost their jobs because they accessed custom video data without the right to do so. It is emphasized that, in general, these employees had the right to view video data, but abused it, exceeding the "level necessary to perform work functions."
Amazon representatives assured congressmen that after each of these incidents, an investigation was carried out and many actions were taken to restrict access to such information, allowing as few workers as possible. In addition, the company periodically rechecks what access employees have to the data and whether they really need it to do the job.
It is also reported that not all employees who can access custom videos are located in the United States. Amazon does not specify which countries may have such rights. It is especially emphasized that R&D departments in Ukraine and other countries can have access only to publicly available videos or videos that are open to employees, contractors (friends and families of employees and contractors) and only with their explicit consent.
Why did Ukraine receive special attention? Apparently, this is a response to the publication of the publication The intercept, which last year wrote that a number of Amazon employees in Ukraine had access to custom Ring videos around the world "for research purposes."