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Airbnb To Ban Security Cameras Inside Guest Rooms

Airbnb has now said it will ban security cameras inside guest homes so as to prioritize privacy.

The platform had allowed indoor security cameras in areas like hallways and living rooms if they were clearly visible.

“Airbnb is banning the use of indoor security cameras in listings globally as part of efforts to simplify our policy on security cameras and other devices and to continue to prioritize the privacy of our community,” the San Francisco-based company said in a blog post.

However, people have complained on social media about finding seemingly hidden cameras in Airbnb lodgings,  some of them in areas where privacy is expected.

This new policy, along with a tightening of rules on outdoor security cameras at Airbnb properties, will go into effect on April 30.

The company said this is meant to enable guests have knowledge on what to expect on the apartments.

“Our goal was to create new, clear rules that provide our community with greater clarity about what to expect on Airbnb,” head of community policy and partnerships Juniper Downs said in an online post.

Doorbell cameras and noise decibel monitors will still be permitted by Airbnb for home security and to detect unauthorized parties, according to the company.

Hosts will be required to disclose the locations of any outdoor security cameras, which can’t monitor areas such as outdoor showers or saunas.


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