The new policy comes into effect on April 30

Airbnb said Monday it is banning security cameras in guest accommodations to prioritize privacy.

The home rental platform previously allowed indoor security cameras in common areas such as hallways and living rooms, if they were clearly visible and mentioned in the listings before people booked such properties.

However, people have complained on social media about finding apparently hidden cameras in Airbnb properties, some in areas where privacy is expected.

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

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

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

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

Hosts must disclose the locations of outdoor security cameras, which cannot monitor areas such as outdoor showers or saunas, Airbnb said in the post.

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