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


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#1 GoshenBleeping

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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?


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#2 Didier Stevens

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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?


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