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Airbnb prohibits indoor security cameras in all listings globally


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Airbnb, the popular online marketplace for short-term vacation rentals, has announced a ban on the use of indoor security cameras in all properties listed on its platform. This decision, according to Airbnb, is a move to "prioritize the privacy of our community".

 

Previously, Airbnb allowed the use of indoor security cameras in common areas such as hallways and living rooms, provided they were clearly disclosed in the property’s listings. However, this policy has now been revised, prohibiting security cameras inside listings, regardless of their location, purpose, or prior disclosure.

 

While the majority of Airbnb listings reportedly do not have security cameras, this policy update is expected to impact a smaller subset of listings. Alongside the ban on indoor cameras, Airbnb has also introduced more comprehensive rules on the use of outdoor security cameras and other devices, including noise decibel monitors. These devices, which include doorbell cameras and noise decibel monitors, are still permitted on Airbnb, but hosts are now required to disclose their presence and general location before guests book.

 

This policy change, which will kick into effect on April 30, has been welcomed by privacy advocacy groups. The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP) praised the move, stating that "no one should have to worry about being recorded in a rental, whether the bedroom, the living room, or a hall".

 

As we reflect on this significant policy change, one can’t help but wonder: How do you feel about Airbnb’s decision to ban indoor cameras? Do you believe this move will enhance the privacy and security of guests, or could it potentially lead to other challenges? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

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