Ring rolled out end-to-end encryption for some of its cameras today

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Why it matters: Amazon has begun rolling out end-to-end (E2E) encryption to a handful of its Ring security cameras. Until now, video traveling from Ring servers to a user’s receiving device like a smartphone or laptop was sent unencrypted. Theoretically, nothing was stopping a bad actor from intercepting and viewing those feeds until now.

On Wednesday, Ring announced that it launched end-to-end video encryption for some of its camera models. The press release calls the feature a “technical preview,” which is just another way of saying it’s in the beta phase. Ring is looking for feedback from the customers who preview it to improve it and iron out any bugs.

Currently, Ring videos are encrypted in-transit when going from the camera to the cloud and while they reside on the servers. However, video streamed from the servers to a device are sent decrypted. Ring has simply added an extra layer that encrypts the video all the way to the receiving end.