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!
It does not appear to be an option. They have all of my information already. They do not need a copy of my government ID to share with a company who is selling my information. It is a huge violation of my privacy. I have no intention of using AirBnB if they continue to do so.
I agree. I just today found out about it. I have never been asked prior. The host said they did not know about it. I will not do it nor will I use ABB any longer to rent my vacation homes out. advertise there yes. but steer potencials to one of the other advertising sites I pay.
For over 20 years we have always searched for a rental vacation place via VRBO or Homeaway. Neither have ever asked for ID. This is the first time I am using Airbnb and was surprised when they just asked for a photo ID of license and myself, when the host (who is a superhost, has no photo ID given to me!)
I'm a superhost. We don't receive your ID. That would be unsecure and unnecessary. You simply have to have a verified ID filed with airbnb to rent our place. Come on, we're letting you stay in our house. Somebody has to make sure you are who you say.
i understand you point but when i book at a hotel i show my id. there is not a photo of my id to be stolen. in electronic form it is very dangerous. plus anyone doing something wrong can easily get fake id and send it in. so it's really not that secure anyway
a lot of these people have not traveled enough. when traveling internationally hotels require a copy of id and passport. a lot of hotels take photocopys when you hand them your ID you just never paid enough attention. any good hotel follows this practice. besides, what do you think they do when they take it? they write all the info off of it anyways!!! lol
Yes, but who gets to make sure? I've owned a VRBO rental sucessfully for 10 years. I'd like to rent my first airbnb place that looks just perfect on San Juan Island, but SO turned off by photo ID that I'll go somewhere else. Too bad, cause the condo looked absolutely perfect for us and works for our dates.
Major corporations with way better security than Air B&B have been hacked, and having a combination of Driver's Licence (which has birth date) and credit card info has unlimited possibilities for fraud. Hosts are not "letting" guests stay in your home...you are inviting paying guests. As someone who was going to be a first time booker, sharing this much info with a company is a deal breaker. Too bad...the place looked great but not worth the risk.
100% agree with you. I used to work with companies who dealt with database security, and this shocked me. Super easy to have this type of file hacked, and identities stolen.