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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 28, 2021 05:34 PM
From: Representative Tina M. Davis and Rep. Jeanne McNeill
To: All House members
Subject: Disclosure of Cameras in Residences Used for Short-Term Lodging
Where people stay when they travel has changed greatly. A person is no longer limited to staying in a traditional hotel when they travel. The rise of hosting platforms has allowed private citizens to rent their residences to people from across the globe for a few days or up to a few weeks.

However, these short-term rentals come with risks to the consumer’s privacy. Too many individuals have come forward about the owners of these residences using hidden cameras and secretly recording those occupying the residence. This creates an invasion of privacy, which endangers individuals and families with children.

While some cameras could have a legitimate purpose for the safety of both the owner and consumer, the consumer needs to be made aware of all recording devices. We are proposing legislation which would require the disclosure of any kind of audio or visual recording devices on the property, whether hidden or in plain sight, while the property is in use as short-term lodging. An individual found to be using hidden recording devices without disclosing their location would be charged with a felony.

We ask that you support this legislation and help us protect the privacy of those traveling across Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HB2120