Ring Security Updates: Ring Rolls Out End-to-End Encryption

Jalesa Campbell
Updated Jan 21, 2021
1 min read

Ring has begun to roll out end-to-end encryption (E2EE)  for select video doorbells and cameras. This is designed to provide additional protection for consumer recordings.

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Ring Rolls Out End-to-End Encryption for Select Video Doorbells and Cameras

Ring announced on January 13 that it's beginning to offer video end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for select Ring video doorbells and cameras. According to Ring, end-to-end video encryption “is an opt-in feature that adds additional layers of protection to video and audio recordings made by compatible enrolled devices.”

Essentially, video end-to-end encryption is designed to prevent customer recordings from being viewed by anyone else besides the customer using an enrolled device. This means that local law enforcement won’t be able to view customer recordings unless they are first decrypted. Ring users of the Neighbors App will first need to decrypt a video before they can share it with local police.

These are the mobile devices and cameras that currently support video end-to-end encryption:

  • iPhone iOS 11
  • Android 8+ (Oreo)
  • Ring Video Doorbell Pro
  • Ring Video Doorbell Elite
  • Ring Floodlight Cam
  • Ring Spotlight Cam Wired
  • Stick Up Cam Plug-In
  • Stick Up Cam Elite
  • Indoor Cam

Ring video doorbells and cameras that are battery-operated do not support end-to-end encryption. For details on how you can opt-in to this security feature for a Ring device, you can follow the steps found on the brand’s website. 

While Ring has been in the news for camera hackings and a recall on the 2nd Generation Ring Video Doorbell, this seems to be another step forward that Ring is taking to help protect consumers’ privacy.

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Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa is one of Safety.com's staff experts on home security, natural disasters, public safety, and family safety. She's been featured on Today.com and elsewhere.

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