UK Judge Says Ring Doorbell ‘Violated’ Woman’s Privacy

The United Kingdom’s court ruled in favour of the woman accused by her neighbor of violating her privacy with a Ring phone.

Woodward set up four devices–including two fake ‘dummy’ cameras–around his home to deter would-be thieves from stealing his vehicle after an incident in 2019.

Dr. Mary Fairhurst, his neighbor, claimed she was forced to move out of her home because the security camera on the doorbell was too “intrusive,” the Daily MailThese are reports. 

The neighbours lived side-by-side for twenty years without issue, but Fairhurst said Woodward became “aggressive” when she complained about the cameras. 

Amazon is the exclusive seller of these doorbells. They use WiFi to capture audio and video from nearby areas. 

Fairhurst said the cameras made her feel as if she was under “continuous visual surveillance.”

A judge agreed with her, and now Fairhurst stands to be awarded £100,000 in compensation for the breach of her privacy.

The judge said the footage Woodward’s cameras captured of Fairhurst intruded on her personal data, since the data gathered was outside his property, and that Woodward failed to process the data in a “fair or transparent manner.” 

The judge added that Woodward had “sought to actively mislead the Claimant about how and whether the Cameras operated and what they captured.”

Woodward, who was shocked by the decision, told The Daily MailThat he didn’t mean any harm.

“I purchased a Ring doorbell and Ring motion activated camera in 2019, in good faith to protect my property and vehicles,” he said. These harassment devices are being called a joke, and it makes me feel harassed. My neighbors have smart doorbells and cameras.

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