Airbnb continues to be plagued with hidden camera problem. The Atlantic first broke the story last week and highlighted the growing concern that has impacted renters who elect to stay in Airbnb properties. Another report of pesky hidden cameras rose to the surface in Garden Grove, California. Per a local ABC affiliate, a couple who checked into an Airbnb property discovered an uninvited guest in their room – yes, yet another hidden camera.
The couple elected to stay the night in their Airbnb rental even though they were now well aware of the camera. They did, however, make it a point to report their findings to local law enforcement. Garden Grove police reaffirmed that the camera, which was installed stealthily inside a smoke detector, did not appear to be actively recording. Much to our disbelief, Garden Grove police reported that there was technically no crime committed when all was said and done, but it is surely unnerving for any guest to have a hidden camera pointed directly at them while they’re deep in REM cycle. The owner of the property has yet to offer any sort of comment on the matter.
Incidents involving hidden cameras in Airbnb properties are becoming a popular trend as they’re increasing at a shocking rate and becoming far too common. There have been a fair number of cases involving Airbnb properties and hidden cameras that have found their way into the limelight including, but not limited to, this couple in Toronto who found a camera tucked inside their alarm clock. It should go without saying that Airbnb is facing legal action in light of these recent invasions of privacy. If, by chance, you happen to rent an Airbnb property in coming days, make sure to check for any unwanted devices that may happen to be watching you.