Has anyone else run up against a requirement to use Verify ID no matter who you are booking with? For security reasons I do not with to keep my ocs on file and link my airbnb profile with my fb page. So I have not been able to book with any hosts now, and the hosts are not the ones imposing the requirement. as a Super Host myself, I think this is going to really hurt my business. Anyone know anything? Thanks!
I really, really want to book a place on airbnb, but they are requiring the gov ID. No way! In whose hands will the info be, how safe? Really sorry to have to pass on this beautiful property. $415 a night is OK, gov ID so not okay.
I went to press book saw this ridiculous requirement and told the host that this was not acceptable to me. Hell...I can book a room at the Ritz without doing this. Stupid...Ridiculous...Idiotic...Ok...I'm getting redundant.
I started hosting recently. I wanted to find out the practice of asking or not asking for ID. I am surprised at comments mostly against giving ID to the host. I have been traveling all my life staying at hotels. The moment i check into a hotel, the first thing they ask is an ID. And I don't think twice about handing over my ID. This has always been the process in the past and still is today. I understand Airbnb is a bit different than a hotel. But verification and ID cannot be ignored unless I am missing something.
Hi @Chisako, unfortunately your reasonable approach misses indeed something:
ID is never given to the host. Even if you have a problem with a guest with « verified ID », you will never get it from the service. An airbnb hotline staffer cannot acces it either.
That doesn’t really matter much, as it’s easy to get a verified id badge with obviously absurd nicknames and a photo taken from a film. (Had that this week)
In most countries outside the US, a private company could not even check criminal records or verify a social security number.
In a global company, to roll out this so called verification process makes sense if you do it for data collection.
I opened the app for the first time on a new phone a few days ago and it proposed to synch my contacts! Why would I do that with a service, which withholds emails anyway and hides phone numbers a few days after checkout? So they can delete former guests phone numbers on my phone as well? “Synching” implies a reading and writing acces. Spamming my contacts would be bad enough.
I believe nobody on this thread was against guests showing their ID at checkin. You have the right to stipulate a house rule that you ask to see an ID before you give access. (Without making a copy, if your local law does not require it).
When I signed up with Airbnb 5 years ago, I was verified through Google + and later Facebook. A host, super or not, having access to my government ID will not guarantee that I'm not a creeper. Not sure how I feel about that...
i booked a place a couple of days ago, was asked to just send a pic to the superhost, which i had no problem doing, now, searcing again, ive been hit with this invasion, not by the hosts directly.
I will not be putting something on file here. I have no social media. Therefore i will not be booking on air b&b if it continues to ask for this. Slowly our privacy is being stolen from us, when there is already an adequate thing in place.............sad, and under the ruse of security..........
We only take verified guests - I don't t he problem as it is some form of protection (minor) for hosts. When you stay at an hotel you usually use a credit card, which is a form of verification. It's pretty standard for many situations to verify who you are.
I agree I have decided not to use Airbnb in the future because they required a copy of a goverment issued ID for their files. I would be happpy to show it to the renter when I arrive.
When I worked at a very popular hotel chain in 2010, we copied IDs for cash transactions and credit cards for card transactions. They were kept on file even after you checked out, for a period of time.
Yes, but you don't store them as pictures online. Neither are they distributed to countless individuals around the world who happen to want to rent living space they own.