Nothing is perfect. Can we all agree on that? Especially when we’re talking about all the digital technology that surrounds us these days. But when deciding whether a technological advancement is worthwhile, shouldn’t more weight be given to the amount of good it can do and not to the possible misuse of it?
Case in point: Privacy advocates expressed serious worry recently when it was learned that Ring, one of the nation’s largest home security companies, announced it is now cooperating with more than 400 police departments nationwide and will share videos from customer’s doorbell cameras to help solve crimes. The words “Big Brother” were uttered more than once.
Let’s all take a breath here and consider, with an open mind, whether this technology is making our lives better – and safer – or is it getting the better of us?
Doorbell cameras from firms like Nest, RemoBell, Ring or ADT have been growing in popularity. They are fairly inexpensive, beginning at just $100 or so, easy to install and give homeowners a videotaped record of anyone who approaches their front door or other areas of their property. These devices have a built-in microphone and allow homeowners to speak to visitors or would-be criminals via a cellphone app, even if the owner is thousands of miles away. Some of the devices also have a feature that allows the owner to remotely unlock their door so family or friends can enter when they aren’t home. This is part of a modern-day lifestyle for countless Americans.