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Airbnb bans all indoor security cameras

Airbnb said this week that it is banning the use of all indoor security cameras in its listings worldwide, an update to its current policy allowing such devices to be installed in common areas such as hallways. and lounges.

In a statement Monday, the company said most listings on its site don't have interior security cameras, but that it makes privacy a priority.

Previously, security cameras were allowed in common areas as long as hosts disclosed them to guests before booking. They had to be visible, not hidden, and were not allowed in sleeping areas or bathrooms. Airbnb said the policy update, which takes effect April 30, prohibits security cameras anywhere inside properties, even if they are visible.

It's not immediately clear why the company made the change, but the widespread use of indoor security cameras has raised concerns about privacy in vacation rentals, hotels, public restrooms, changing rooms, etc. cruise ships.

Securities And internet forums have long been plagued by reports of unscrupulous vacation rental guests accused to spy on the guests with secret cameras hidden inside clocks, smoke detectors, sockets and other ordinary objects.

Juniper Downs, Airbnb's head of community policy and partnerships, said in a statement that the changes were made in consultation with travelers, hosts and privacy experts.

“Our goal was to create clear new rules that provide our community with greater clarity on what to expect on Airbnb,” she said. The company is one of the greatest actors in the short-term rental market, with more than 7 million listings in more than 100,000 cities around the world.

Airbnb will continue to allow outdoor security cameras, noise decibel monitors and doorbell cameras, it said, because they are an effective way to monitor security and prevent guests from hosting parties. unauthorized parties.

But hosts will be required to disclose the presence of these cameras and their general location before booking guests, and the devices cannot be used to monitor areas where some privacy is expected, such as an outdoor shower closed or a sauna.

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