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Airbnb will prohibit indoor security cameras in listings worldwide

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Airbnb announced on Monday a global ban on the use of indoor security cameras in its listings, set to take effect by the end of next month. The San Francisco-based rental platform aims to streamline its security-camera policy to better prioritize guest privacy. This decision came after consultations with guests, hosts, and privacy experts, highlighting Airbnb’s commitment to adapting its policies to the needs and concerns of its global community, according to Juniper Downs, Airbnb’s head of community policy and partnerships.

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Despite the upcoming ban on indoor cameras, hosts will retain the ability to use doorbell cameras and noise-decibel monitors in common areas, provided they disclose the presence and locations of these devices on their listings. Airbnb anticipates that this policy revision will affect only a minority of hosts, as most listings currently do not feature indoor security cameras.

This policy update, effective April 30, underscores Airbnb’s efforts to ensure user privacy while maintaining strong demand and growth, as evidenced by their recent fourth-quarter earnings report.



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