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Airbnb to introduce global ban on indoor cameras

Airbnb is set to ban indoor security cameras that could potentially record guests worldwide from the end of April, citing privacy policies.

The rental platform has long allowed the use of indoor cameras in shared spaces such as corridors and living rooms, provided they were clearly displayed, not located in bedrooms or bathrooms and were mentioned on the booking page.

Over the past years, there have been numerous cases of guests being secretly filmed using hidden cameras in both hotels and Airbnb accommodations. These cameras can typically be concealed in everyday objects, such as ceiling-mounted smoke detectors.

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

Devices like doorbell cameras and noise decibel monitors continue to be permitted on Airbnb and can be an effective, privacy-protective way for Hosts to monitor security for their home and get ahead of issues like unauthorised parties.

However, Hosts will be required to disclose the presence and general location of any outdoor cameras before guests book.

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