CNet decided to ask makers of home security cameras about their policies when it comes to dealing with requests from United States law enforcement:
Ring, the Amazon-owned video doorbell and home security company, came under renewed criticism from privacy activists this month after disclosing it gave video footage to police in more than 10 cases without users’ consent thus far in 2022 in what it described as “emergency situations.” That includes instances where the police didn’t have a warrant.[…]
While Ring stands alone for its extensive history of police partnerships, it isn’t the only name I found with a carve-out clause for sharing user footage with police during emergencies. Google, which makes and sells smart home cameras and video doorbells under the Nest brand, makes as much clear in its terms of service.
Other manufacturers of home security cameras, such as Wyze and Arlo, only provide footage after a valid warrant, while devices that use Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video are end-to-end encrypted, so footage cannot be shared at all. In other words, if you live in the United States, it’s best to avoid Amazon’s and Google’s offerings – especially if you’re a member of a minority or are a woman seeking essential healthcare – and stick to Apple’s offerings instead.
I understand and concur with your concern, however you should be aware that “end to end encryption” doesn’t mean much unless the consumer (and only the consumer) controls the encryption keys. You may remember the media praising apple’s imessage over “end to end encryption”, but what they didn’t say is that the end to end encryption was literally under apple’s control so they technically could decrypt your data if they wanted to or were compelled to.
You might take a company’s word that your data is safe, but unfortunately they’re not always up front about real security weaknesses.
So I would advice that more due diligence is needed before posting that apple video monitoring services are secure from service provider snooping. IMHO the best solution is one where you have full control over all access controls data and keys on your own equipment. Real encryption works. The problem is these days it’s hard to find hardware & services that are truely under owner control. If you access your media & keys on a corporate website like *.apple.com they implicitly have access whether you want them to or not. If you use an app, then without the source code it’s unclear whether & how the app shares the keys with corporate. But if logging into your “cloud” account gives you access to your data & hardware, then once again it’s likely the company can access it too.