Airbnb guest finds a hidden camera disguised as a motion detector in latest incident involving renters being spied on
- Jason Scott revealed his colleague was spied on while staying in an Airbnb?
- Coworker discovered a camera hidden inside a burglar alarm motion detector
- Comes after Indiana couple uncovered two cameras in a Florida rental property
An Airbnb guest has discovered a hidden camera inside his rental property in the latest example of visitors being spied on.
Jason Scott, a US-based archivist, wrote on Twitter that a colleague had discovered a camera hidden inside a burglar alarm motion sensor.
Scott uploaded two pictures of the device, which he said was located in the bedroom and hooked up to the internet, on Twitter last week.
An Airbnb guest discovered that a burglar motion detector actually contained a hidden camera which was linked up to the internet
Jason Scott revealed the ordeal on Twitter, saying a colleague had been staying in the room, but did not reveal when or where it happened
He did not disclose where the Airbnb property was located, when the camera was discovered, or who the homeowner was.
However, Airbnb confirmed to Buzzfeed that the incident had been reported and the owner permanently banned.
The spokesman said such incidents were 'incredibly rare', adding: 'Cameras are never allowed in bathrooms or bedrooms; any other cameras must be properly disclosed to guests ahead of time.'
It comes after Airbnb renter?Wayne Natt, 56, was arrested for allegedly spying on guests using hidden camera for as much as a decade
In his Twitter post, which has been liked and shared more than 55,000 times, Scott wrote: '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.
'Voila, it's an IP camera connected to the web. (He left at 3am, reported, host is suspended, colleague got refund.)'
A spokesman for Airbnb said: 'There have been over 260 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings and egregious incidents like this are incredibly rare.?
Airbnb takes privacy extremely seriously and there is absolutely no place in our community for this kind of behavior.?
'When we are made aware of a report we permanently ban the bad actor from our platform, fully support those affected, and work with law enforcement to help ensure justice will be served.?
'Cameras are never allowed in bathrooms or bedrooms. Any other cameras must be properly disclosed to guests ahead of time.'
It comes after 56-year-old Airbnb host Wayne Natt, from Florida, was arrested?and charged with video voyeurism after a camera was discovered in his property.
Derek Starnes and his wife, from Indiana, were staying at Natt's property in Longboat Key in October when they discovered a pinhole camera inside a smoke alarm.
The pair informed police who swooped on Natt and seized footage dating back as far as 2008, with officers saying there are likely other victims.
Natt has denied filming people without their consent, saying he used the cameras to tape sex parties where everyone knew they were being recorded.
But Starnes says the cameras caught him walking around the apartment naked, and said he is 'distressed' by the ordeal.?
Derek Starnes and his wife called police while staying at Natt's property in Florida after discovering a camera hidden inside a smoke alarm
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