AMAZON has cut the price of its Ring Doorbell video camera to just £ 39.
This is because a Briton could be forced to pay his neighbor £ 100,000 because the smart camera “violated his privacy”.
The hugely popular camera typically costs £ 49.
But Amazon dropped the price by a tenth – with 30 days of the Ring Protect Plan included.
This is the wired version, but the plug-in model has also been scaled down.
If you go for the latter option, you’ll pay £ 49 instead of £ 69, a saving of £ 60.
And the 30-day free trial is also included with this model.
- Ring Doorbell on Amazon for £ 39 – buy here
The surrender comes amid an argument over whether the doorbells violate privacy.
John Woodard learned this week that he may have to pay his neighbor, Dr Mary Fairhurst, the huge sum after a judge found out that his use of the cameras violated data laws and caused harassment.
According to MailOnline, the 45-year-old, who is an audiovisual technician, said he initially installed all four devices after thieves attempted to steal his car in 2019.
The devices, which are connected via the Internet, are primarily designed to notify absent owners when a visitor arrives at the door.
The owner can then use an app to watch and talk to the visitor using the doorbell’s built-in camera and microphone.
But her neighbor, Dr Fairhurst, of Thame, Oxfordshire, claimed the Ring devices were “intrusive” and had left her under “continuous visual surveillance”.
She was so strong about it that she even moved out of her house.
Oxford County Court later learned how she had felt harassed after Mr Woodard, who had been a neighbor of the woman for 20 years, became “aggressive” with her when she complained.
And on Tuesday, Judge Melissa Clarke found Mr Woodard had violated the Data Protection Act 2018 as well as the General Data Protection Regulation.
In her ruling, she said the images and audio files of Dr Fairhurst captured on Ring devices were classified as the doctor’s personal data.
She added that Mr Woodard had not treated her in a “fair or transparent manner”.
Following the hearing, the devastated owner said he was “extremely disappointed and shocked” by the verdict.
According to MailOnline, he had purchased the devices “in good faith” in order to protect his property and vehicles.
He said: “To be told now that these are stalking devices sounds like a joke and I feel like I am being harassed myself.
“A lot of my neighbors have cameras and smart doorbells.”
The landmark move would be the first of its kind in the UK and could set a precedent for the roughly 100,000 Ring smart doorbell owners nationwide.
Amazon, which distributes Ring devices, has since advised owners to make sure people know they’re being filmed by putting Ring stickers on their door or windows.
In a statement given to The Sun, a spokesperson for Ring said, “We strongly encourage our customers to respect the privacy of their neighbors and to comply with all applicable laws when using their Ring device.
“We have implemented features on all of our devices to ensure that user privacy, security and control remain at the forefront.
“Including customizable privacy zones to block out ‘out of bounds’ areas, motion zones to control which areas customers want their Ring device to detect, and audio toggle to turn sound on and off.” “
- Ring Doorbell on Amazon for £ 39 – buy here
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