July 13, 2021

EP. 113 — Your Ring Doorbell is Working with the Cops with Johana Bhuiyan

LA Times reporter Johana Bhuiyan joins Adam to explain how Ring built a private surveillance empire by promising kickbacks to an unlikely accomplice: the cops.


FACT-113-20210708-Bhuiyan-RCv02-DYN.mp3 Speaker 1 [00:00:22] Hello and welcome to Factually, I’m Adam Conover. Thank you for joining us once again to talk to some of the most fascinating experts on the planet about all the amazing mind blowing things that they know and you don’t. We have an incredible conversation for you today. Let’s jump into it. The tech industry makes a huge amount of money off of creating and collecting vast amounts of our private data and then selling it to other companies to feed you ads, or figuring out how to otherwise monetize it. That business model, I’m not going to say it’s all bad. However, the creation of all that data has risks and consequences that those companies rarely think through. In fact, sometimes they drive straight into those chasms headfirst, straight on; the consequences be damned. Let me give you an example: take the home security company, Ring. You might remember Ring from its star turn on Shark Tank a couple

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