Airbnb has announced a global ban on indoor security cameras within its listings, a move aimed at simplifying its policy on security devices and enhancing privacy for its community. This change, effective April 30, marks a significant shift from the accommodation platform’s previous stance, which permitted indoor cameras in common areas under strict conditions. The decision reflects Airbnb’s ongoing commitment to prioritizing privacy and addresses the longstanding contentious issue of hidden cameras in properties.

Revising AirBnB’s Security Measures

Historically, Airbnb allowed the use of indoor cameras for security purposes, provided they were located in common areas and not in sensitive spaces like bedrooms and bathrooms. Listings were required to disclose the presence of these cameras clearly, and the devices themselves had to be visible. However, this policy change will likely impact only a small fraction of listings, as the majority do not report having security cameras. Despite this, the issue of hidden cameras has raised privacy concerns among guests over the years, prompting Airbnb’s policy revision.

Outdoor Cameras and Noise Monitors Still Permissible

While indoor cameras face restrictions, Airbnb will continue to allow outdoor security devices like doorbell cameras, with the condition that hosts disclose their presence and general location prior to booking. These outdoor cameras are also prohibited from capturing indoor spaces. Additionally, noise decibel monitors can be used in common areas to enhance security and enforce the platform’s party ban, but they must not record or transmit audio.

Enforcing New Rules

Hosts found violating the new rules on security devices risk having their listings removed from the platform. Airbnb’s decision to update its policies came after consultations with guests, hosts, and privacy experts, underscoring the company’s effort to align with the expectations and safety of its global community.