A German woman is suing the owners of Airbnb after the owners of the apartment she rented in California set up a hidden camera and used it to “spy upon her while she was completely undressed.”
According to Daily Mail, Edith Schumacher was staying in the Irvine apartment with her boyfriend Kevin Stockton for a month-long vacation in 2013, and she slept naked every night. In addition, the couple walked around the apartment naked and had “intimate conversations” about “the nature of their relationship.”
It wasn’t until the third day that Kevin found a switched-on recording device hidden underneath a pile of candles…
Now, Edith is fighting back by filing a lawsuit against Airbnb as well as apartment owners Fariah Hassim and Jamil Jiva out of fear that the footage of her will be posted online. The suit accuses Airbnb of negligence, and claims Edith is a victim of privacy violation and has suffered emotional distress.
“Though we do not comment on pending litigation we will defend it vigorously,” Airbnb said in a statement. “Airbnb takes privacy issues extremely seriously. All hosts must certify that they comply with all applicable laws in their locations and are of course expected to respect the privacy of their guests. Airbnb warns hosts to fully disclose whether there are security cameras or other surveillance equipment at or around the listing and to get consent where required.”
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