“Airbnb has a scary problem on their hands: People keep finding hidden cameras in their rental homes,” reports the New York Post. “Another host was busted last month trying to film guests without their knowledge — marking the second time since October that the company has had to publicly deal with this sort of incident.” BuzzFeed reports:
In October, an Indiana couple visiting Florida discovered a hidden camera disguised as a smoke detector in their Airbnb’s master bedroom. Earlier that same year Airbnb was forced to investigate and suspend a Montreal listing after one of the renters discovered a camera in the bedroom of the property… Hidden cameras aren’t just an issue for Airbnb — it’s been a hot-button topic in hospitality for years. There are hundreds of stories about hotels using unlawful surveillance. [For example, this one.]
Airbnb recommends its customers read the reviews of the host of any rental property they might be interested in, and also offers an on-platform messaging tool that allows communication between host and guests… “Cameras are never allowed in bathrooms or bedrooms; any other cameras must be properly disclosed to guests of time,” Airbnb Jeff Henry told BuzzFeed News.
This time the couple discovered hidden cameras that were disguised as a motion detectors. Airbnb says they’ve permanently banned the offending host — and offered his guests a refund — adding that this type of incident was “incredibly rare.”


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