MGM Studios, owned by Amazon, is set to premiere the security cam clip show next month.
Hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes, the show originates from MGM Studios (itself a subsidiary of Amazon), and promises “friends and family a fun new way to enjoy time with one another” via doorbell cams, although the ensuing online reaction has been less than promising. Despite the rising popularity of smart home security systems such as Ring, it seems as though some audiences can see through the upcoming show’s premise to know it sounds less “family friendly” than a thinly-veiled surveillance state infomercial attempting to push more home monitoring products.
Now, privacy advocates are organizing a campaign to discontinue Ring Nation before it even premieres. In a statement released last week, the civil rights groups Fight for the Future and Media Justice announced their team-up via an online petition urging MGM Studios to not move forward with the series.
“The data amassed from millions of these devices gives Amazon unprecedented power to record everything we say and do and the places we go. The resulting surveillance and data abuses include such harms as racial discrimination, privacy violations, biometric data collection, and sharing users’ footage with other parties,” reads the campaign’s announcement.”Fight for the Future in “Popular Science”