Eufy security cams ‘ignore cloud opt-out, store unique IDs’ of anyone who walks by

A lawsuit filed against eufy security cam maker Anker Tech claims the biz assigns “unique identifiers” to the faces of any person who walks in front of its devices – and then stores that data in the cloud, “essentially logging the locations of unsuspecting individuals” when they stroll past.

The complaint, a would-be class action filed in a Florida court in January, was this week transferred to the Northern District of Illinois, docket records viewed by The Register showed.

It’s one of three lawsuits filed after infoseccer Paul Moore and a “hacker who goes by Wasabi” both publicly alleged that Anker was not storing and securing people’s information the way it said it would. All three suits allege Anker falsely represented that its security cameras stored all data locally and did not upload that data to the cloud.

Moore went public with his claims in November last year, alleging video and audio captured by Anker’s eufy security cams could be streamed and watched by any stranger using VLC media player, that famed open-source fave with the white-and-orange-striped traffic-cone logo. In a YouTube video, the complaint details, Moore allegedly showed how the “supposedly ‘private,’ ‘stored locally’, ‘transmitted only to you’ doorbell is streaming to the cloud – without cloud storage enabled.”

He claimed the devices were uploading video thumbnails and facial recognition data to Anker’s cloud server, despite his never opting into Anker’s cloud services and said he’d found a separate camera tied to a different account could identify

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