In "oh, that's a thing now" news, a colleague of mine thought it odd that there was a single "motion detector" in his AirBNB in the bedroom and voila, it's an IP camera connected to the web. (He left at 3am, reported, host is suspended, colleague got refund.) pic.twitter.com/6KgkDmEZXB
— Jason Scott (@textfiles) November 28, 2017
The whole thing is just wrong but to make things worst is Airbnb’s customer service (they call it customer experience) which seems to want to keep it all under-wraps. This is surely a criminal offence and suspended isn’t nearly enough!
Does “host is suspended” also mean “host has been charged with a criminal offense”?!
— Michelle Peer 🇨🇦🤦🏻♀️ (@hullabaloo519) November 28, 2017
Of course this isn’t the only case, heres another one.
Shocking stuff! Of course my Airbnb has no cameras, no listening devices and I don’t even have a Philips Hue light in the spare room. I was going to install the Google Home mini for the purpose of controlling the lights but decided it wasn’t going to work, as it refuses to stay local.
and you'll be notifying your guests of this privacy invading device before they book right?
— Martyn Ranyard (@iMartyn) November 18, 2017
It does raise the question of what should be declared upfront on the site before the guest books.