Ring includes end-to-end encryption to secure your video streams. The ring has started including support for end-to-end encryption to its cameras. The feature will encrypt video streams from the camera to the device that it is being streamed to. So anybody in between won’t have access to it.
This end-to-end encryption feature by Ring was announced initially in September and it has started rolling out. As a technical preview on 8 Ring cameras, not excluding indoor, doorbell, as well as outdoor models.
The Comment of the Chief Technical Officer of the Company, Josh Roth
The chief technical officer of Ring, in the person of Josh Roth, mentioned something to The Verge. Josh said:
“End-to-end encryption is really about user choice, to create that advanced layer of security. Some people like a second or third deadbolt on their house”.
Recently, footage of the cameras of Ring is being encrypted when it is transferred to the servers of Ring. And also when it is sitting around the Ring’s servers. However, Ring has to be able to gain access to that footage. So as to allow so many kinds of features.
Just like streaming clips to any device you are asked to or just to share videos via its website. The company mentions that it does not see customer videos with no access or permission. However, the company strongly has the technical capabilities of doing so and has also been criticized for doing such. With no permission or access in the past few years.
If law enforcement gets a search warrant for your footage, then the company will also be able to pass it on.
Ring end-to-end encryption withdraws any visibility that the company has into your footage. While providing more security for privacy-conscious users especially. However, the feature comes with some disadvantages that add barriers and restrictions on how you can use the camera.
Some devices won’t be able to show Ring video feeds
Well, some devices won’t be able to show Ring video feeds, devices like the Echo Show. And the reason for this is that currently, they cant be put up to assist the end-to-end encrypted streams. Also, other features such as the sharing of videos become more complex.
The reason is that you will have to download re-post videos manually. Instead of changing the sharing settings on the website of Ring.
The company’s end-to-end encryption also includes some friction to the Neighbour app of Ring. Which now enables the users of Ring to share videos with those that are closeby. And also for local law enforcement to ask for permission to footage.
With the end-to-end encryption permitted, camera owners can share video also to the Neighbour app. Which has been accused of including intolerant reports and comments too. However, they will have to download manually and send the footage, including some steps before they can upload a recording.
During the launch, end-to-end encryption will be accessible on Ring cameras that are connected to power. The cameras are able to set up computer vision features, just like the detection of a person, locally on the device. Considering that battery-powered Ring cameras upload those features to the cloud. Which is basically something that can not be done with when end-to-end encryption is put on.
You do not need any subscription to make use of it. However, it will only be accessible in the United States of America for now. You can stream end-to-end encryption videos to current phones and tablets having the Ring app installed in them.
Ring to include some additional missing features
Progressively, the company plans on enlarging access to everybody and also include some extra missing features, just like snapshots. You won’t be able to enable end-to-end encryption by default. However, Ring’s chief technical officer, Josh Roth mentioned that Ring would inform customs as soon as it is ready.
It can as well be put on and off on a camera-by-camera basis.
Josh Roth said:
“End-to-end encryption is one of those features that some users are going to love. And some will say they don’t need it.