Airbnb has announced a complete ban on indoor cameras in host properties. Hosts were allowed to have cameras in the common areas, but they were supposed to be banned from bedrooms and bathrooms. Landlords also had to disclose all cameras in the rental, which may not have always happened. The company says it established the new rules “in consultation with our guests, hosts and privacy experts” and that it will continue to seek feedback.

Hosts must also disclose any outdoor cameras (which can’t be pointed indoors or be in areas with a “greater expectation of privacy” – think showers and saunas). Because people can be monstrous. The new rules take effect on April 30.

Any hosts who violate these new rules could face having their properties banned from Airbnb — and even having their entire account removed.

— Matt Smith

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