Jump to content


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.

Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.


AirBnB - is providing a pic. of my personal ID a privacy concern?

  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 GoshenBleeping


  • Members
  • 270 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:05:43 AM

Posted 02 February 2015 - 09:10 PM

I have used AirBnB some time ago but am very hesitant to use it today. Which is a shame because I could save a bundle of money. So I would appreciate comments on the following.
AirBnB has a policy that in order to rent a room, I must provide either a link to my social media site that contains my picture or provide a picture of my personal ID such as a driver's license or passport. AirBnB uses Jumio to validate IDs. Jumio's privacy policy states: "Jumio may use the Personally-Identifying Information a user submits for any purposes related to Jumio's business, including, but not limited to providing you with Jumio's services and personalizing and improving those services for you."  This makes me very uneasy. This could mean that Jumio, if it wanted, could sell my personal ID if it helped generate revenue for their business. At the very least, my personal ID would end up in the database of AirBnB and Jumio. Makes me very uneasy.
So my question is:  Am I being paranoid in not wanting to provide my ID to AirBnB? Is this a real privacy concern?

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)


#2 Didier Stevens

Didier Stevens

  • BC Advisor
  • 2,753 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:11:43 AM

Posted 03 February 2015 - 02:05 PM

Your analysis of their policy is correct. And if it makes you very uneasy, you should not use them.


Why don't you use the first option: picture on social media? I suppose that is not going through Jumio?

Didier Stevens

SANS ISC Senior Handler
Microsoft MVP 2011-2016 Consumer Security, Windows Insider MVP 2016-2019


If you send me messages, per Bleeping Computer's Forum policy, I will not engage in a conversation, but try to answer your question in the relevant forum post. If you don't want this, don't send me messages.


Stevens' law: "As an online security discussion grows longer, the probability of a reference to BadUSB approaches 1.0"

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users