Enable Audio Streaming but disable Audio Recording

I live in a 2-party consent state (CA - very strict wiretapping law), in an apartment complex where my Ring Peephole Cam faces straight to the opposite neighbor’s front-door (we’re only 4-5 feet apart in the hallway).

From what I’ve researched & read it’s best if I disable Audio Recording to avoid troubles. However, currently in Ring doorbell (I use Ring Peephole Cam), disabling audio recording will also disable Audio streaming of the Ring doorbell in Live View (which means e.g. if I talk to someone outside let’s say an UPS driver coming to pick up my packages, I am able to speak to him but not able to hear what he says).

Is there a way that I can enable Ring doorbell audio streaming (in Live View), but disable audio recording in other situations? Currently Wyze Cam v2 supports separation of Audio Streaming and Audio Recording.

I would imagine that there should be a (software) option for us to keep recording both audio and video, but chooses to whether to strip the video off of each video? Or maybe strip audio off of recordings only yet not stripping audio off of Live View/streaming mode? I’m not sure if the solution can be purely software-based?

I live in Washington and we have similar laws. I had your question too! After seeing there weren’t any answers to your question, I contacted Ring support. They told me there is not currently a function to disable audio recording while also enabling audio streaming. I gave them the feedback that this functionality would be very helpful — especially given that audio recording without consent may be illegal but unrecorded audio streaming isn’t. It would be helpful to be able to carry on an unrecorded conversation with someone. So I hope Ring develops that function!

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Hi, can I +1 this feature too. I live on a busy street and don’t want to invade peoples privacy by recording audio on motion sensing. But I do want to be able to speak to someone if they ring my doorbell!

When will this option be added? It has been requested many times during the last two years and is needed to ensure the functionality of your products and comply with data protection/privacy guidelines or laws.

The option to disable audio streaming is a nice feature for privacy, but when this is enabled, it doesn’t allow 2-way audio when the doorbell is pressed. It would be nice if there was an option to allow 2-way audio when the doorbell is pressed, but also disable audio from outside for privacy.

It would be nice to be able to disable audio recording on the devices except for when a person rings the doorbell. Right now we can disable the audio recording (it is illegal to record audio in several states), but if someone rings the bell we cannot hear them speak. It would be fine if the doorbell audio didn’t record, but it would be nice to at least hear them when we speak to them live (like an intercom).

I would like to turn off the audio recording when my ring detects motion but easily use the 2-way audio when I go to the live feed. Recording audio of someone walking up my driveway seems intrusive, so I turned off audio recording, but now when I do a live view, I can’t do 2-way audio without going into the settings to turn it off. And when I do that, I have to remember to turn it back off so that it doesn’t record audio when motion is detected. I would like a feature where I can temporarily turn on the 2-way audio during the live feed that reverts back to whatever settings I chose when the live feed is ended.

When will Ring finally separate the privacy settings for audio streaming and audio recording so that it is possible to have a useful two way doorbell function but satisfy legal privacy requirements?

Enable or Disable audio recording is a device setting that currently applies to audio upon motion and audio when doorbell pressed. I don’t want to pick up incidental conversation just from motion, like when sitting on porch. However, when disabling audio recording on the device, owner also can’t hear visitor talking (and of course can’t record audio). Doesn’t make sense to disable audio when owner engages in talking with someone who rang doorbell. Need two audio recording options for doorbell. One for motion and one for doorbell. Seems a logical expectation but not available. Thanks.