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Could my neighbour’s Ring security light camera spy through my window?



My neighbour has a Ring security light with a built-in camera on the back of their house, which I can see from my downstairs window.

There is a high fence between the properties and so it feels as if you have complete privacy, but it occurred to me the other day that if I can see the light and camera, it might also be able to see me.

Will the camera just look down and straight ahead, or do they have wide angle lenses? Could my neighbours be able to see through my window and inside my house?

It feels a bit awkward to ask about this, as I don’t want to accuse them of spying on me. Via email

A Ring security light and camera: What should you do if you are worried neighbours could see in your home?

A Ring security light and camera: What should you do if you are worried neighbours could see in your home?

Grace Gausden, This is Money, replies: Home security is incredibly important, but so is maintaining privacy at your property. Your question was emailed into us after a number of stories on smart doorbells and cameras, including whether they make your home safer and if burglars may see them as a sign of a gadget-laden home.

Many people are now installing CCTV at their homes to deter burglars, whilst others have smart doorbells or security lights which allow them to see who is outside their property, whether they are at home or not.

Your neighbour has a Ring security light, which is one of the most popular brands, and, whilst you are not sure of the exact model, their website says some of their products have a motion-activated camera and two-way audio. 

This means they can see, hear and speak to anyone on their property, via their mobile phone.

One of the models also has a 140 degree field-of-view which will let users detect motion around corners and monitor blind spots. The camera can also be zoomed in and out. 

Whilst it is a sensible choice for your neighbours to protect themselves and their home, you now believe they may be able to see into your downstairs window through the camera.

This raises issues of privacy as well as data protection.  

According to the Information Commissioners Office, if someone is thinking of using private CCTV, they need to make sure they do so in a way that respects other people’s privacy.

It says: ‘If you set up your system so it captures only images within the boundary of your private domestic property, including your garden, then the data protection laws will not apply to you.’

However, if the camera’s field of vision goes outside of the home’s boundaries then GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 will apply, and users will need to ensure their use of CCTV complies with these laws.

They will still be able to capture images, but must follow such rules as deleting images of other people if they request it; putting a sign up to show that they have CCTV; and ensuring the security of the footage they capture so that nobody can watch it without good reason.

Whilst security is helpful in case of burglaries, it could mean neighbours have a lack of privacy

Whilst security is helpful in case of burglaries, it could mean neighbours have a lack of privacy 

If your neighbours can indeed see in to your home, they should only keep the footage for as long as they need it and delete files regularly when they are no longer needed. 

All of this means that you are within your rights to speak to your neighbours about this and find out what the situation is.

If they can see in, you could politely ask that they do not use any footage of your property without permission, or even ask if they could move it slightly so you are not in their range of vision.

Advice to users from Ring 

This is Money asked Ring what they thought and in response, it has given the following advice for users to help them comply with legal responsibilities.  

It says the devices are not intended for installation where the camera is capturing someone else’s property or public areas. 

1) We strongly encourage customers to ensure guests know they are being captured on video. In all Ring device packages, you’ll find free Ring stickers to put on your door or windows, which we suggest using to let guests know they’re on camera. 

For customers that live in a shared property, we encourage them to let their neighbours, building owner, property manager, housing association, etc. know before installing their new device.

2) We are constantly executing our commitment to privacy, security and user control, and have implemented (and continue to roll out) various features that demonstrate this commitment:

– With motion zones, customers can control the areas they want their Ring device to detect motion. By defining motion zones that exclude their neighbour’s property or public areas, such as public pavements and roads, customers focus their notifications on events that take place on their own property.

– Using the audio toggle feature, Ring devices allow customers to decide if they want to stream and record audio. When a customer toggles audio off, they will no longer be able to hear audio when the device records a motion event, a live view, or an answered ring.

– With the privacy zones feature, a customer can define an area within their Ring device camera’s field-of-view that they can deem ‘off-limits.’ Once a privacy zone has been created, nothing that happens inside that defined area can be viewed or recorded.

We also asked security experts for their advice on keeping within the rules when using a doorbell security camera, and whether you should confront your neighbour.

Brandon Wilkes, digital marketing executive at The Big Phone Store, replies: Ring actually have a variety of different cameras with different lenses, including wide angle, so it’s difficult to say whether or not the camera will be able to see through your window.

Regardless of how awkward it may be, opening up dialogue about your concern would be the best way to proceed and if at all possible, confirming it with your own eyes.

Ring have a built-in privacy masking feature where you can stop your camera from filming areas that you shouldn’t be for situations exactly like this.

It’s also illegal within the UK to film someone in an area where they should expect privacy – your home being a prime example – so you can rest easy knowing that if you can’t mediate the situation with your neighbour directly, you have multiple ways of ensuring your privacy.

Kate Bevan, Which? computing editor, replies: Whether or not a security camera can capture footage of neighbouring properties will depend on where it is placed, however, some claim to have a 140-degree horizontal view so it is a possibility.

While data protection laws do not apply if the camera only covers the user’s private property, they do apply if it captures footage outside this boundary, for example on the street or nearby properties.

If a domestic CCTV camera films footage outside the boundary of the user’s home, data protection laws say that this needs to be justifiable. The law creates obligations including warning others that a camera system is in place, storing footage securely and only keeping it for as long as it is needed.

Grace Gausden, This is Money, adds: The best way forwards would be to just bite the bullet and speak to your neighbour to ascertain exactly what they can – or can’t – see of your property.

If nothing, problem solved. But if they can see in, find out exactly what they can see and whether this breaches your privacy.

It could be they can only slightly see in, this is unlikely to be a huge issue. But if they have a full view through your downstairs window, ask if they can adjust the camera angle, or use some of the tips Ring gave above to mean they cannot see you.

Although it is very unlikely to get to this point, if they refuse and fail to comply with  obligations under the data protection laws, they may be subject to enforcement action by the ICO. This could include a fine. 

They could also be subject to legal action by neighbours, who could pursue court claims for compensation. 

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Planning permission sought for 600 apartments on former Irish Glass site



Planning permission for 600 apartments on the former Irish Glass Bottle site near Ringsend in Dublin has been submitted by a consortium led by developer Johnny Ronan.

The consortium, which also includes the National Asset Management Agency (Nama), Oaketree Capital Management, and Lincor Developments, is expecting construction to commence on what is the first phase of Pembroke Quarter early next year.

The site was once a symbol of Celtic Tiger hubris after receivers appointed by Nama were appointed in 2012 after its respective owners ran into financial trouble. However, the vacant plot is now earmarked to become Dublin’s newest suburb, which once completed will deliver 3,800 homes, more than one million sq ft of commercial space, and educational facilities and other community amenities.

One quarter of the units developed at the site are to be allocated to social and affordable homes.

The property has been earmarked for development for some time with a company called Becbay, which was backed by developer Bernard McNamara, property financier Derek Quinlan, and State agency the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, having acquired the holding in 2006 for €412 million in an Anglo Irish Bank-backed deal.


Mr Ronan’s Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE), Oaktree Capital and Lincor were chosen as preferred bidders for a 80 per cent controlling stake in the former Irish Glass Bottle site last year after submitting a bid valued at in excess of €130 million. Nama has retained the remaining 20 per cent stake in the project.

Other shortlisted bidders for the controlling stake last year were: Sean Mulryan’s Ballymore Group; Dallas-based private equity giant Lone Star’s Quintain Ireland housebuilding unit; and Hines, a US real estate group.“This site that, for many years, has held so much unfulfilled potential to deliver housing in Dublin is finally being brought to life,” said Rory Williams, chief executive of RGRE.

“Over the coming years Pembroke Quarter will deliver much-needed homes for more than 10,000 people in Dublin’s city centre. We understand deeply how acute the need for housing is in the city, so we are very pleased to be able to submit this planning application for the first phase of development so quickly after the purchase of the site,” he added.

Nama chief executive Brendan McDonagh said: “We are delighted to see this superbly located Dublin Bay site move into the first phase of its development lifecycle with the submission of this first planning application for 600 residential units.”

He added that the 25 per cent allocated to social and affordable units would “provide homes to those most in need, close to the heart of Dublin”.

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New-build flats with communal work-from-home space are just the job 



Whether it’s perching computers on ironing boards or struggling to find a peaceful corner in the chaos of a noisy family house, most of us have had to adapt our homes over the past 18 months.

But as the trend for flexible working looks set to continue, a new concept in housing is gaining traction.

Work from home (WFH) developments with a ‘hub’ shared by other residents are popping up across the country.

Modern living: Work from home developments with a 'hub' shared by other residents, which aim to retain the social aspect of office life, are popping up across the country

Modern living: Work from home developments with a ‘hub’ shared by other residents, which aim to retain the social aspect of office life, are popping up across the country

‘The hub is a way of retaining the social aspect of office life,’ says Karly Williams, director of Barratt North Thames. ‘Being close to home enables residents to manage domestic issues, while mixing with others staves off any sense of loneliness and alienation.’

At Barratt’s Linmere development in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, which is due to launch in December, the office hub will be surrounded by cafes, shops and green outdoor space.

WFH residents won’t feel they are missing out on the coffee breaks and sandwich lunches they used to enjoy as part of conventional office life. Barratt’s co-working offices and homes are priced from £101,000 to £439,500.

WFH developments can also be effective in regenerating rural areas where unemployment is a problem.

In the village of Lawrenny in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, planning permission has just been granted to a local farmer, David Lort-Phillips, to build a WFH development of 39 homes with shared offices. 

Lawrenny has been in steady decline since the 1980s and until recently looked like becoming little more than a cluster of holiday homes.

‘A village should be more than that; it should be a place to earn a living and to have a busy family life,’ says Lort-Phillips. ‘Many of the new WFH houses will be bought by people returning to Lawrenny, having been brought up here.

‘They will put back into the community, using local businesses and training up local young people.’

Prices of the new homes will range from £300,000 to £500,000 for two to four bedrooms, with management fees of £400 per annum.

One danger of building this kind of development in the countryside is that the new homes will jar architecturally with older, nearby properties. But this doesn’t have to be the case.

Galion Homes builds its developments in Somerset with home-workers in mind, so all the homes have offices with superfast broadband as well as nearby hubs and cafes.

‘We won’t be ugly “tack-ons” to villages,’ says Victoria Creber, sales director at Galion. ‘We build developments of no more than 50 homes, at low density, using local stone with a big nod to the local vernacular.’

Disturbing research, based on figures from the Office for National Statistics, was published recently showing 25 per cent of WFH Londoners said they had suffered reduced well-being.

Fizzy Living, which targets its rental apartments at young professionals with an average age of 32 and earning £44,000 a year, tries to make life as stress-free as possible in its East 16 block in Canning Town. 

The scheme comprises 292 apartments, each with its own balcony. Amenities include a meeting room, residents’ lounge, games area and yoga studio.

It claims to be the most pet-friendly building in London, having a specially designed dog washroom (known as the Pawder Room) and it offers a pet-friendly furniture pack for the more delinquent cats and dogs.

‘This block works for me because I can use different spaces for different activities and this combats stress,’ says designer Asher Peruscini, 37, from San Francisco.

‘I use my desk when I’m in design mode, the balcony for more creative stuff and the meeting rooms downstairs for socialising.’ Rentals are from £1,430 pcm.

For those who appreciate the zany side of life, Quintain Living has built The Robinson, a collection of three apartment blocks at Wembley Park in North-West London, in what its describes as ‘retro kitsch’ style.

Each building has a roof terrace where there are surreal delights such as a giant orange-shaped juice bar, a 50-yard row of sun loungers — reputedly the longest in Britain — and a slide that runs down to a courtyard in the floor below.

The WFH component isn’t forgotten — high-speed wifi is found in converted campervans on the terrace.

To de-stress, there is even a rentable spa caravan with a hot tub. From £1,755 furnished; £1,670 unfurnished.

Are WFH developments here to stay?

‘I don’t think working from home will ever replace the buzz of a team of people working towards one goal in the same office,’ says Harry Downes, managing director of Fizzy Living.

‘But I do foresee people being given the freedom to work at home when they need to, reporting into the office only to be kept updated on the bigger picture. It’s a new lifestyle and this type of development caters for it.’ 

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South Africa 17 Lions 22



15 Stuart Hogg

Something of a flip-flop in terms of his strengths as a player as one or two misplaced passes in attack but resolute and solid in defence. A couple of glimpses of his footwork and pace but he’ll be hoping for more ball next Saturday. Rating: 6

14 Anthony Watson

He was excellent in the first half, the Lions most potent force in attack in being able to escape multiple tacklers, albeit most of the time in lifting pressure in his own 22/half. The ball didn’t run his way after the interval. Rating: 7

13 Elliot Daly

It was his first game at outside centre in Test rugby in five years and it showed. He gave away a couple of penalties, missed his trademark long-range penalty, was bested physically in the collisions and will be under pressure to retain his place. Rating: 5

Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Elton Jantjies. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Elton Jantjies. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

12 Robbie Henshaw

Shaded his physical duel with Damian de Allende, carried aggressively, was accurate in the tackle and scrambled well, highlighted by forcing a crucial knock-on from Lukhanyo Am. He made one fine break albeit losing possession and a couple of finger-tip knocks-on but generally good. Rating: 7

11 Duhan van der Merwe

A couple of snapshots of his power in the tackle but like Watson was never given the type of ball where he could impose his strength. He didn’t have many questions to answer in defence because Cheslin Kolbe got very little ball. Rating: 6

10 Dan Biggar

The Welsh outhalf kicked 14 points from the tee and in a general sense, one pulled place-kick aside, his kicking game was reasonably well directed. He didn’t really bring his backline into play at any stage, suffocated by the Boks’ defensive press but overall the ledger was appreciably positive. Rating: 7

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9 Ali Price

He looked a little overwhelmed by the pace and physicality in the first 20 minutes but he gradually settled to the task. It was his excellent box-kicking after the restart that yielded opportunities for the Lions to regain possession and wrest control. Rating: 7

1 Rory Sutherland

A late call-up to the starting team due to Wyn Jones’s unavailability he was pinged twice at the scrum and the fact that his replacement Mako Vunipola made an appreciable difference when introduced could see him struggle to be in the matchday 23 next Saturday. Rating: 5

2 Luke Cowan-Dickie

Two errant lineouts, one overthrown the other crooked, were the only real blemishes on his try-scoring performance that was accompanied by a high work-rate on both sides of the ball. Rating: 6

Tadhg Furlong appeals to referee Nic Berry during the first Test. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images
Tadhg Furlong appeals to referee Nic Berry during the first Test. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

3 Tadhg Furlong

Loves a good celebration from the lineout maul tries, he won an important scrum penalty and was an important buffer in that set-piece when the Boks chased dominance there. He carried and tackled with typical application in a robust performance over the 67 minutes. Rating: 7

4 Maro Itoje

Deserved man-of-the-match, three turnovers in the first half alone including one within a few metres of the Lions’ line that saved a try. Immense in every facet of the game, he led by example especially in defence; intelligent and unrelenting. Rating: 9

5 Alun Wyn Jones (capt)

He was very quiet in the first half but considering the injury from which he has recovered that was to be expected. He was a key figure in the Lions’ second-half revival that included work-rate and decision-making. Rating: 7

6 Courtney Lawes

A huge performance in all aspects of the game, out of touch, carrying, making an eye-catching break that took him through three attempted tackles as a pre-cursor to one of his side’s better attacking moments. Tackled with authority. Rating: 8

7 Tom Curry

There could be no faulting his desire and work ethic but in conceding three penalties he demonstrated an impetuous streak that proved a bit of a handicap to his team in that opening half. His place will be under threat. Rating: 5

8 Jack Conan

He provided illustrations of the many qualities that he brings to a team, making one of two line breaks, defending and tackling with intelligence and carried the ball more than any other Lions player. Rating: 7


In a collective sense they, to a man, added energy and momentum at a crucial stage. Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler gave their team a rock solid scrum, forcing a penalty there to boot. Hamish Watson was lucky to avoid a card for a dangerous tackle. Conor Murray and Owen Farrell brought control and maturity for the most part. Rating: 8


Warren Gatland deserves great credit for the team selection initially as most of the big calls that he made work out superbly. His half-time recalibration of tactics and focus worked a treat as did the timing of the replacements. He’s never been afraid to change things up and that may be reflected in a couple of changes for the second Test one of which could see Bundee Aki drafted in at 12 with Henshaw moving to 13. Rating: 8

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