Airbnb Hosts Will No Longer Be Allowed to Install Indoor Cameras

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Airbnb has said that indoor security cameras will be prohibited from all of its listings around the world.

The property rental company says it is simplifying its policy on security cameras as it prioritizes the privacy of renters.

“Historically, Airbnb allowed the use of indoor security cameras in common areas of listings, such as hallways and living rooms,” the company explains in a press release.

“As long as they were disclosed on the listing page before booking, clearly visible, and were not located in spaces like sleeping areas and bathrooms.

“The update to this policy simplifies our approach and makes clear that security cameras are not allowed inside listings, regardless of their location, purpose, or prior disclosure.”

Airbnb says that the majority of listings on its site do not report having a security camera. However, there have been incidents where renters have been horrified to discover hidden cameras amid Amazon selling products such as clothes hook spy cameras.

Doorbell cameras and other outdoor cameras as well as noise decibel monitors will still be permitted. Although, Airbnb says it is putting out “more comprehensive rules” for those devices too.

“Our goal was to create new, clear rules that provide our community with greater clarity about what to expect on Airbnb,” says Airbnb’s Head of Community Policy and Partnerships, Juniper Downs

“These changes were made in consultation with our guests, Hosts, and privacy experts, and we’ll continue to seek feedback to help ensure our policies work for our global community.”

Hosts will be required to disclose the presence and general location of any outdoor cameras before guests book and those cameras will not be allowed to monitor indoor spaces or certain outdoor spaces where guests have an expectation of privacy such as an outdoor shower or sauna.

The policy will come into effect on April 30 to give Hosts time to comply with the new rules.

PetaPixel put together a guide on how to find hidden cameras. “Truly hidden cameras are meant to watch a person unawares and there are very few benign reasons to do this,” writes Alan Truly.

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